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

Sitter associated with 182 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 William Say, published by William Sams, after Frederick Richard Say
mezzotint, published May 1827
NPG D20039


King George IV

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, circa 1831 (circa 1821)
NPG D17518