Sir Godfrey Kneller
The Harvey Family 1721

Artwork details

Sir Godfrey Kneller 1646–1723
The Harvey Family
Date 1721
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2348 x 2838 mm
Acquisition Transferred from Newham Museums Service (acquired Passmore Edwards Museum, with assistance from the Art Fund) with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) 2000
Not on display

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This painting shows the Harvey family of Rolls Park, Essex. Their wealth was built on business, but the scale and format of this picture imitates the aristocratic style of grand courtly portraiture. Does the restrained style of this painting suggest a new set of social values?

Such striking paintings were meant to be seen in country house galleries where other portraits were on show, so that the continuity of the family over generations could be stressed.

March 2011

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