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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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'The Dutch divisions', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12354

'The Dutch divisions'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 23 June 1787
NPG D12354

'The friendly agent' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III; Warren Hastings; John Scott-Waring), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12364

'The friendly agent' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III; Warren Hastings; John Scott-Waring)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 9 June 1787
NPG D12364

'Uncle George and Black Dick at their new game of naval shuttlecock' (Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe; King George III), by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  George Humphrey - NPG D12368

'Uncle George and Black Dick at their new game of naval shuttlecock' (Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe; King George III)

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by George Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 11 January 1787
NPG D12368

'Amsterdam in a dam'd predicament, - or - the last scene of the Republican pantomime', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12995

'Amsterdam in a dam'd predicament, - or - the last scene of the Republican pantomime'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1787
NPG D12995

'Ancient music', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13060

'Ancient music'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 10 May 1787
NPG D13060

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13061

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching and aquatint, published 29 May 1787
NPG D13061

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13062

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 29 May 1787
NPG D13062

King George III, by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by  Robert Sayer, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D33144

King George III

by Robert Lawrie (Lowry), published by Robert Sayer, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1788
NPG D33144

'The Westminster hunt', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12376

'The Westminster hunt'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 27 April 1788
NPG D12376

'Market day', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12377

'Market day'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1788
NPG D12377

'The bow to the throne, - alias - the begging bow', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12378

'The bow to the throne, - alias - the begging bow'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 6 May 1788
NPG D12378

'Camera-obscura', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12380

'Camera-obscura'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 9 March 1788
NPG D12380

'State-jugglers', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12381

'State-jugglers'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1788
NPG D12381

'-Coaches', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12383

'-Coaches'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1788
NPG D12383

'The butchers of freedom', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12384

'The butchers of freedom'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published July 1788
NPG D12384

'A dish of mutton-chop's' (William Pitt; Warren Hastings; King George III; Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12393

'A dish of mutton-chop's' (William Pitt; Warren Hastings; King George III; Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 28 March 1788
NPG D12393

Portraits of their Majesty's & the Royal Family Viewing the Exhibition of the Royal Academy 1789, by Pietro Antonio Martini, after  Johann Heinrich Ramberg - NPG D21303

Portraits of their Majesty's & the Royal Family Viewing the Exhibition of the Royal Academy 1789

by Pietro Antonio Martini, after Johann Heinrich Ramberg
etching, published 1789
NPG D21303

'France freedom Britain slavery', by James Gillray, published by  James Aitken - NPG D12406

'France freedom Britain slavery'

by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
hand-coloured etching, published 28 July 1789
NPG D12406

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