A Portrait of King George I, Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723).

Oil on canvas, in a carved wood frame.
Approximately 241.3cm by 132cm.

The full length portrait shows the king in Coronation robes, with a view of Westminster Abbey in the background.

When the Stuart line came to an end with the death of Queen Anne in 1714, George, a great grandson of Mary, Queen of Scots and grandson of James I, became King of Great Britain.

The 1701 Act of Settlement, which barred Catholics from inheriting the throne, had nominated his mother, the Protestant Sophia of Hanover to inherit, should Anne die without heirs.

She died shortly before Anne and her son George was crowned, as the first monarch of the House of Hanover, in October 1714.


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