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Charles Jervas - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Charles Jervas (1675 - 1739)

Born in Ireland, Charles Jervas studied with Kneller before spending a decade in Italy. He settled in London in 1709 and spent the majority of his career there. In 1723, he became the principal painter to George II. Much of his fame also was owed to his friendship with a number of prominent literary figures that spread praise for his work through their writing. Jervas was also a writer, translating Cervantes’s Don Quixote, published in 1742 after his death. Painting portraits of the city's intellectuals, among them such personal friends as Jonathan Swift and the poet Alexander Pope (both now in the National Portrait Gallery, London), Charles Jervas became a popular artist often referred to in the works of literary figures of the period.

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