Late 17th / Early 18 c. Early English Painter
Orig. Gottfried Kniller
b. Aug. 8, 1646 in Lübeck, Germany; d. Oct. 19, 1723 in London, England. Settled in England; became the leading portraitist there in the late 17th and early 18th c. Studied in Amsterdam under Ferdinand Bol (pupil of Rembrandt), and later in Italy, before moving to England in the 1670's. He became the dominant court and society painter by the beginning of the reign of James II (1685). Known for his mass production of portraits. Dict. natl. biog.; Encyc. world art; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; Oxford Dictionary of Art.