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King George IV

(1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30

Sitter associated with 193 portraits
George, Prince of Wales was given no official duties by his father King George III. Jockeying for power, he sought to undermine the King by siding with the Whig opposition led by Charles James Fox. When the King went temporarily insane in 1788 William Pitt, the Tory Prime Minister, proposed a restricted Regency to protect the King's interests. The King's recovery three months later ended the 'Regency Crisis'. Pitt's Regency Bill was revived during the King's final illness. George was sworn Regent in 1811, crowned King in 1820 and ruled until 1830.

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King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5890

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, circa 1780-1782
NPG 5890

King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5389

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, 1792
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5389

King George IV, by H. de Janvry - NPG 1761

King George IV

by H. de Janvry
wash and stipple with white lead heightening on ivory, 1793
NPG 1761

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV, by Thomas R. Poole - NPG 3308

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV

by Thomas R. Poole
wax relief, 1795
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3308

King George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 123

King George IV

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1814
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 123

King George IV, after Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 2503

King George IV

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, (1815)
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2503

King George IV, by Johann Paul Georg Fischer, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 6295

King George IV

by Johann Paul Georg Fischer, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, (1815)
NPG 6295

King George IV, by Thomas Wyon Jr, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 5579

King George IV

by Thomas Wyon Jr, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
silver medal with ribbon, 1816
NPG 5579

King George IV, by Thomas Wyon Jr, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 5575

King George IV

by Thomas Wyon Jr, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
silver medal, 1816
NPG 5575

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(54)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1821
NPG 316a(54)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(53)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, pen and ink, circa 1821
NPG 316a(53)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(55)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1821
NPG 316a(55)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(56)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1826
NPG 316a(56)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(57)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1826
NPG 316a(57)

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales, by Richard Houston, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Robert Pyle - NPG D33075

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales

by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Robert Pyle
mezzotint, mid 1760s
NPG D33075

King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by James Watson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D33327

King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by James Watson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, circa 1765-1770
NPG D33327

'Monuments lately discovered on Salisbury Plain', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12309

'Monuments lately discovered on Salisbury Plain'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 15 June 1782
NPG D12309

'The thunderer' (King George IV; Sir Banastre Tarleton, Bt), by James Gillray, published by  Elizabeth d'Achery - NPG D12981

'The thunderer' (King George IV; Sir Banastre Tarleton, Bt)

by James Gillray, published by Elizabeth d'Achery
hand-coloured etching, published 20 August 1782
NPG D12981

'Paridise regain'd' (King George IV; Charles James Fox; Mary Robinson (née Darby)), probably by James Gillray, published by  J. Langham - NPG D12329

'Paridise regain'd' (King George IV; Charles James Fox; Mary Robinson (née Darby))

probably by James Gillray, published by J. Langham
hand-coloured etching, published 20 February 1783
NPG D12329

'General Blackbeard wounded at the battle of Leadenhall', by John Boyne, published by  Edward Hedges - NPG D12344

'General Blackbeard wounded at the battle of Leadenhall'

by John Boyne, published by Edward Hedges
etching, published 5 January 1784
NPG D12344

'The Departure', by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D14836

'The Departure'

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 April 1784
NPG D14836

King George IV, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D19589

King George IV

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1785)
NPG D19589

'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

'Wife & no wife - or - a trip to the Continent', by James Gillray, published by  William Holland - NPG D13066

'Wife & no wife - or - a trip to the Continent'

by James Gillray, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching, published 27 March 1786
NPG D13066

'The Prince at Grasse', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12362

'The Prince at Grasse'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 2 June 1787
NPG D12362

'The Prince in Clover', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12363

'The Prince in Clover'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 2 June 1787
NPG D12363

'The sick prince', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12365

'The sick prince'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 June 1787
NPG D12365

'Dido forsaken', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12994

'Dido forsaken'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 21 May 1787
NPG D12994

'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 IV, by Louis or Lewis Saillar (Sailliar), after  Richard Cosway - NPG D19038

King George IV

by Louis or Lewis Saillar (Sailliar), after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 24 August 1787
NPG D19038

King George IV, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D9208

King George IV

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1788-1789)
NPG D9208

King George IV, by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9761

King George IV

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and soft-ground etching, published 3 March 1788
NPG D9761

'Bubbles of opposition', by James Gillray - NPG D12385

'Bubbles of opposition'

by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 19 July 1788
NPG D12385

'The royal joke, - or - black jacks delight', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12996

'The royal joke, - or - black jacks delight'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 25 April 1788
NPG D12996

'The fall of Phaeton' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12997

'The fall of Phaeton' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe))

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 1 July 1788
NPG D12997

'The installation-supper, as given at the Pantheon, by the Knights of the Bath on the 26th of May, 1788, by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13065

'The installation-supper, as given at the Pantheon, by the Knights of the Bath on the 26th of May, 1788

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 4 June 1788
NPG D13065

'The comet', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12251

'The comet'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 18 February 1789
NPG D12251

'Barataria', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12253

'Barataria'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 11 March 1789
NPG D12253

'Neddy's black box' (King George IV; King Charles I (head of); Edmund Burke; Richard Brinsley Sheridan), by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12397

'Neddy's black box' (King George IV; King Charles I (head of); Edmund Burke; Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 30 January 1789
NPG D12397

'Brunswick triumphant! or - the battle of the blood's, - pure, and contaminated', by James Gillray, published by  James Aitken - NPG D12400

'Brunswick triumphant! or - the battle of the blood's, - pure, and contaminated'

by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1789
NPG D12400

'Bandelures' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe); Richard Brinsley Sheridan), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12412

'Bandelures' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe); Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching and stipple, published 28 February 1791
NPG D12412

'Les trois magots', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12429

'Les trois magots'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1791
NPG D12429

'A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion' (King George IV), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D33359

'A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion' (King George IV)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 2 July 1792
NPG D33359

King George IV ('A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12460

King George IV ('A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 2 July 1792
NPG D12460

'Modern hospitality, - or - a friendly party in high life', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12447

'Modern hospitality, - or - a friendly party in high life'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 31 March 1792
NPG D12447

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12456

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1792
NPG D12456

'The visit to Piccadilly; - or - a Prussian reception', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12462

'The visit to Piccadilly; - or - a Prussian reception'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 July 1792
NPG D12462

King George IV when Prince of Wales, after Robert Dighton - NPG D8047

King George IV when Prince of Wales

after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, 1793 or after
NPG D8047

King George IV, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  John Brydon, after  Simon de Koster - NPG D33330

King George IV

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by John Brydon, after Simon de Koster
mezzotint, published 1 May 1794
NPG D33330

King George IV, by Jean Condé, published by  Pierre Condé, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D14900

King George IV

by Jean Condé, published by Pierre Condé, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1794
NPG D14900

'The lover's dream', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12515

'The lover's dream'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 24 January 1795
NPG D12515

'John Bull ground down', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12527

'John Bull ground down'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 June 1795
NPG D12527

'Presages of the millenium', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12528

'Presages of the millenium'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 4 June 1795
NPG D12528

'The royal bull-fight', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12548

'The royal bull-fight'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 November 1795
NPG D12548

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