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King George III

(1738-1820), Reigned 1760-1820

Sitter associated with 183 portraits
Eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, the first Hanoverian King to be born and bred in England. His reign from 1760 was one of the longest and most eventful in modern times. Although plagued by apparent bouts of insanity, he maintained a meticulous personal interest in government until 1811, when the Regency began. A patron of the arts and sciences, he amassed an extensive library and fostered an interest in agriculture. His obstinate attitude towards the demands of the American colonies led to the loss of these territories and the close of the first British Empire. In the last ten years of his life his health deteriorated further and he suffered chronic mania, blindness and deafness.

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King George III, after Unknown artist - NPG D8005

King George III

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D8005

King George III, by Unknown artist - NPG D18599

King George III

by Unknown artist
etching, late 18th century
NPG D18599

King George III, after Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D8000

King George III

after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, (1771)
NPG D8000

King George III, by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by  Robert Sayer, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D33142

King George III

by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by Robert Sayer, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D33142

King George III, by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by  Robert Sayer, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D33143

King George III

by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by Robert Sayer, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D33143

King George III, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  James Cox - NPG D16421

King George III

by John Keyse Sherwin, after James Cox
line engraving, published 1774
NPG D16421

'Argus', by James Gillray, published by  W. Renegal - NPG D12284

'Argus'

by James Gillray, published by W. Renegal
hand-coloured etching, published 15 May 1780
NPG D12284

King George III, by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  I. Jones - NPG D12289

King George III

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by I. Jones
hand-coloured etching, published 10 December 1781
NPG D12289

King George III, by Richard Godfrey, after  Richard Livesay, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D18600

King George III

by Richard Godfrey, after Richard Livesay, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving printed in colours, (1781)
NPG D18600

'Rodney introducing de Grasse', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12306

'Rodney introducing de Grasse'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 7 June 1782
NPG D12306

'Guy Vaux', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12324

'Guy Vaux'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published circa June 1782
NPG D12324

'A warm birth for the old administration', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12332

'A warm birth for the old administration'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 2 April 1783
NPG D12332

'A block for the wigs - or, the new state whirligig', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12340

'A block for the wigs - or, the new state whirligig'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 5 May 1783
NPG D12340

'A sun setting in a fog; with the old Hanover hack descending' (Charles James Fox; King George III), by James Gillray, possibly published by  John Williams - NPG D12992

'A sun setting in a fog; with the old Hanover hack descending' (Charles James Fox; King George III)

by James Gillray, possibly published by John Williams
hand-coloured etching, published 3 June 1783
NPG D12992

Margaret Nicholson; King George III, by Unknown artist, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D33164

Margaret Nicholson; King George III

by Unknown artist, published by Samuel William Fores
etching, published 5 August 1786
NPG D33164

'A ministerial fact; or, a squib of the first day' (Charles James Fox; King George III), by Unknown artist, published by  William Holland - NPG D12318

'A ministerial fact; or, a squib of the first day' (Charles James Fox; King George III)

by Unknown artist, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching, published 2 August 1786
NPG D12318

'A new way to pay the National-Debt', by James Gillray, published by  William Holland - NPG D13052

'A new way to pay the National-Debt'

by James Gillray, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 21 April 1786
NPG D13052

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