Kneller, Sir Godfrey (1646-1723). English. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1717. Georg Ludwig (1660-1727); King and Elector of Hanover (1698-1727); King of Great Britain and Ireland (1714-27); George Louis; after the death of Queen Anne of Great Britain, George ascended the British throne as the first monarch of the House of Hanover. the Act of Settlement 1701 prohibited Catholics from inheriting the British throne; George was Anne's closest living Protestant relative; born Hanover, Germany; ruler of the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg; prince-elector of Hanover; great grandson of James I Provenance: State Open-air Museum 'Palace Gatchina', St. Petersburg.