From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 5:00pm
Godfrey Kneller, Portrait of a Man, 1722, oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991 (34-020.16) Photo: Bernard Clark

In recognition of a number of spectacular acquisitions in recent years, From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800 investigates the evolution of the painted and printed portrait in Britain. The desire to fashion the self, record achievement and cultivate fame has appealed to British citizens since the early modern era. Accordingly, this show explores the fundamental issues of identity—gender, class and status—by presenting portraits by Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and others in the context of evolving national and cultural boundaries.



Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Kingston
  • The Great Waterway
  • Tourism Kingston
  • Ontario Heritage Trust