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Houbraken, Jacob (after Godfrey Kneller)
King George I
1746

The great-grandson of James VI and I, George I (1660–1727) was crowned King of Great Britain on 1 August 1714–the same day that Queen Anne died. This was a critical point in British history: when the crown was transferred from the house of Stuart to the house of Hanover. To mark this historical event, George I is depicted as a godlike figure. Such prints, which were fairly inexpensive, enabled citizens to make authority figures a part of their everyday lives in domestic settings.

 
Houbraken, Jacob (after Godfrey Kneller)
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1698–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1780
King George I
1746
Engraving on paper
height / width: 40.00 x 24.60 cm; 15.75 x 9.69 in.
Bequest of Adam Shortt 1969
12-047.121

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