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Pose sketch of Vice Admiral John Benbow (1653-1702) 1690c.

Sir Godfrey Kneller Bt. (1646-1723)

Pose sketch of Vice Admiral John Benbow (1653-1702), Sir Godfrey Kneller Bt.
Black chalk on paper
17th Century
11 x 8 inches 29.8 x 22.8 cm
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Surviving drawings by Sir Godfrey Kneller are most frequently associated with portrait commissions. In terms of finish they cover a broad spectrum, from the briefest preparatory sketches to more closely worked modelli. The present drawing is an example of the more schematic treatments, in which Kneller can be seen in the process of resolving questions of pose and composition with broad and sure strokes of the chalk.
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