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King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60

Sitter associated with 56 portraits
The only son of George I, the future George II moved from Hanover to Britain to become Prince of Wales in 1714. Having long been at odds with his father, his London home became a meeting place for the king's political opponents. When crowned George II in 1727, he wanted to replace all the ministers who had served his father, but was persuaded against this on the astute diplomatic advice of his wife, Queen Caroline. She remained politically influential as George left state decisions to others, notably the Whig minister Sir Robert Walpole. A skilled military strategist, George II was the last British monarch to lead the troops into battle against the French at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

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D18167

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, 1724
NPG D18167

D3023

The Royal Family of Great Britain

by Unknown artist
mezzotint, after 1724
NPG D3023

D32867

King George II when Prince of Wales

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1727 (1717)
NPG D32867

D9203

King George II

by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, 1727 or after
NPG D9203

D10756

King George II when Prince of Wales

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1727
NPG D10756

D10760

King George II

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, before 1727
NPG D10760

D10761

King George II

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Georg Wilhelm Lafontaine (Fountain, Fontaine)
line engraving, before 1727
NPG D10761

D7908

King George II

by Samuel Taylor, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1727 or after
NPG D7908

D7911

King George II

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1727 or after
NPG D7911

D11933

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, after 1717, altered after 1727
NPG D11933

D27409

King George I; King George II; Princess Caroline Elizabeth

by and published by John Simon, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D27409

D27410

King George I; King George II; Princess Caroline Elizabeth

by and published by John Simon, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D27410

D7909

King George II

by John Faber Jr, after Joseph Highmore
mezzotint, 1730s
NPG D7909

D7910

King George II

by John Faber Jr, printed for Thomas Bowles Jr, printed for John Bowles, after Joseph Highmore
mezzotint, 1730s
NPG D7910

D13188

King George II

by Unknown artist
woodcut with hand-colouring, circa 1730
NPG D13188

D32861

King George II

by Alexander van Aken, published by Thomas Jefferys, and published by William Herbert, after Sandie
mezzotint, 1736
NPG D32861

D10759

King George II

by Johann Jakob Kleinschmidt, after Franz Lippold (Lippoldt)
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D10759

D10763

King George II

by Johann Elias Ridinger (Riedinger)
etching, probably 1740s
NPG D10763

D10762

King George II

by Simon François Ravenet, after David Morier
line engraving, 1743 or after
NPG D10762

D32862

King George II

by Thomas Ryley, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1744)
NPG D32862

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