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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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D17871

George II and his officials

by Thomas Jefferys
line and stipple engraving, circa 1746-1760
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D32863

King George II

by and published by Michael Ford, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748 (1744)
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D32911

King George I and the line of succession

by Johann Sebastian Müller, after Samuel Wale
line engraving, circa 1748
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D10758

King George II

by Pierre or Peter Tanje, after John Faber Jr
line engraving, 1752
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D9202

King George II

by Richard Houston, printed for and sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, (circa 1753)
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D10757

King George II

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, 1753
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D19636

King George II

by Richard Houston, sold by Robert Sayer, and sold by Thomas Jefferys, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, (circa 1753)
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D9201

King George II

by Charles Spooner, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, published 1761
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D32864

King George II

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, circa 1766 (1759)
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D32865

King George II

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, circa 1766 (1759)
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D13952

John Potter; King George II; Thomas Herring

by Unknown engraver
line engraving
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D19107

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717 (1716)
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D19950

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717 (1716)
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D18918

King George II

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Joseph Highmore
mezzotint, circa 1730-1750
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