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King George IV

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

Sitter associated with 196 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 Jean Condé, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D13730

King George IV

by Jean Condé, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1795
NPG D13730

King George IV, published by John Fairburn - NPG D19819

King George IV

published by John Fairburn
mezzotint, published 24 February 1795
NPG D19819

'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12579

'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 October 1796
NPG D12579

'The presentation - or - the wise men's offering', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12553

'The presentation - or - the wise men's offering'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 January 1796
NPG D12553

King George IV ('Hint to modern sculptors, as an ornament to a future square'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12570

King George IV ('Hint to modern sculptors, as an ornament to a future square')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 3 May 1796
NPG D12570

'Enchantments lately seen upon the mountains of Wales, - or - Shon-ap-Morgan's reconcilement to the fairy princess, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12576

'Enchantments lately seen upon the mountains of Wales, - or - Shon-ap-Morgan's reconcilement to the fairy princess

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 June 1796
NPG D12576

'The Jersey smuggler detected; - or - good cause for (separation) discontent', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13023

'The Jersey smuggler detected; - or - good cause for (separation) discontent'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1796
NPG D13023

'The grand-signor retiring', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13024

'The grand-signor retiring'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 25 May 1796
NPG D13024

'Fashionable-jockeyship', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13025

'Fashionable-jockeyship'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 June 1796
NPG D13025

'The bridal night', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12613

'The bridal night'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 18 May 1797
NPG D12613

'The wedding night', by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D15555

'The wedding night'

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1797
NPG D15555

King George IV; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, by Michael Sloane, published by  Luigi Schiavonetti, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D20038

King George IV; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick

by Michael Sloane, published by Luigi Schiavonetti, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 12 April 1797
NPG D20038

'Duke William's ghost' (King George IV; William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13030

'Duke William's ghost' (King George IV; William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured soft-ground etching, published 7 May 1799
NPG D13030

'The Union Club', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12754

'The Union Club'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 January 1801
NPG D12754

King George IV, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12783

King George IV

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 10 March 1802
NPG D12783

King George IV, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12784

King George IV

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 10 March 1802
NPG D12784

'Dilettanti-theatricals: - or - a peep at the green room', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13099

'Dilettanti-theatricals: - or - a peep at the green room'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured soft-ground etching, published 18 February 1803
NPG D13099

King George IV, by Henry Bone, after  Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun - NPG D17430

King George IV

by Henry Bone, after Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, August 1804 (1803-1804)
NPG D17430

'The reconciliation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12833

'The reconciliation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 November 1804
NPG D12833

'A morning ride' (King George IV; Sir John McMahon, 1st Bt), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13105

'A morning ride' (King George IV; Sir John McMahon, 1st Bt)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 25 February 1804
NPG D13105

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