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King George IV

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

Sitter associated with 197 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'. The Regency Bill was revived during the King's final illness. George was sworn Regent in 1811 and crowned King in 1820. Vain, self-indulgent and debauched he was, however, a man of exceptional taste and style who is best remembered for his magnificent patronage of the arts.

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King George IV, by P. Thomas, published by  Graves & Warmsley, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D33350

King George IV

by P. Thomas, published by Graves & Warmsley, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mixed-method engraving, published 1841
NPG D33350

Waterloo Medal, by Benedetto Pistrucci - NPG D7214

Waterloo Medal

by Benedetto Pistrucci
gutta-percha medal, 1849
NPG D7214

King George IV, published by William Heinemann, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D33329

King George IV

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Beechey
photogravure, late 19th or early 20th century (1798)
NPG D33329

King George IV when Prince of Wales, by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D33331

King George IV when Prince of Wales

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), after Thomas Gainsborough
photograph of painting, 1891 (1782)
NPG D33331

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, before 1875, based on a work of 1815
NPG 6295

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King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by Robert Laurie, published by Robert Sayer
mezzotint, published 10 January 1772
NPG D14965

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King George IV

possibly by James Heath, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1788-1789?)
NPG D19442

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King George IV

by John Raphael Smith, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1789 (1782)
NPG D10984

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King George IV

by Francis Haward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1793 (1783)
NPG D10980

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King George IV

by Francis Haward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
etching, published 1793 (1783)
NPG D10981

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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 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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King George IV

by Unknown artist
colour relief halftone, 1955
NPG D47480

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