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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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The Coronation procession of King George IV

by Unknown artist
pen and ink and wash, 1821
NPG D33365

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King George IV

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds
mezzotint, published 24 October 1821
NPG D20068

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King George IV

by Charles Turner, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 January 1824
NPG D19927

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The Pilot Lost and the National Steamboat in Danger

by Charles Williams, published by Samuel Knight
hand-coloured etching, published August 1827
NPG D46027

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The Game Cock and the Dunghills

by Henry Heath, published by John Fairburn
hand-coloured etching, published 22 April 1827
NPG D46031

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'The King Commander in Chief' (King George IV)

by John Phillips
engraving, published 1827
NPG D1387

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King George IV

by William Say, published by William Sams, after Frederick Richard Say
mezzotint, published May 1827
NPG D20039

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Cottage Amusement

by Henry Heath, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 12 February 1828
NPG D46036

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The Political Bellman

by Robert Seymour, published by E. King
hand-coloured etching, circa January 1828
NPG D46052

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Political Conveyancer (King George IV; Elizabeth Conyngham (née Denison), Marchioness Conyngham; Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington; Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt)

by William Heath, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published circa January 1828
NPG D46065

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Farmer Encombe setting on the famous Cumberland terrier to drag the Great Hanover Rat out of mischief

possibly by John Phillips, published by George Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published March 1829
NPG D46050

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Porro Unum Est Necessarium (Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington; King George IV)

by Thomas Howell Jones
hand-coloured etching, circa 1829
NPG D46055

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View on the Windsor Road

published by John Field
hand-coloured etching, published circa April 1829
NPG D46063



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