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Portrait of Queen Anne as Princess of Denmark (1665 - 1714) 1690c.

Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

Portrait of Queen Anne as Princess of Denmark (1665 - 1714), Michael Dahl
Oil on canvas
17th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
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This portrait of the future Queen Anne was painted during the reign of her sister Mary and her husband William of Orange reigning as the joint monarchy William and Mary. It is a superb example of the cool, direct almost solemn characterisation which Dahl achieves with his female sitters, an example of a specific arena in which he could be said to outdo his rival Sir Godfrey Kneller, who with only remarkable exceptions is often unable to see beyond appearances with his female sitters. Anne at this date was heir presumptive to the throne, and the mother of a son by her husband Prince George of Denmark. She did not succeed on her sister's death in 1694 but at the death of William in 1701. Her reign was notable was marked by the military victories of the Duke of Marlborough including the triumph of Blenheim but her death in 1714 left Britain without a survivng heir - her son the Duke of Gloucester had died in 1700 before her accession - and led to the Hanoverian succession of King George I.
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