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King William IV

(1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37

Sitter associated with 144 portraits
William IV ruled from 1830-37. He succeeded to the throne just as the campaign for Parliamentary reform reached its peak. He reluctantly agreed to create the extra Whig peers needed to pass the Reform Act in 1832, although his proved unnecessary when the Tories withdrew their opposition to the Act. On his death, Victoria his niece became queen. Despite having ten illegitimate children from his twenty-year relationship with Mrs Jordan, William had no heir from his official marriage to Princess Adelaide.

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King William IV, by Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG 2199

King William IV

by Sir Martin Archer Shee
oil on canvas, circa 1800
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2199

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 999

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1820-1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 999

Group including King William IV and others, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 1695(j)

Group including King William IV and others

by Sir George Hayter
pen and ink and wash, 1820
NPG 1695(j)

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(34)

King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
NPG 316a(34)

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(35)

King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
NPG 316a(35)

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(36)

King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
NPG 316a(36)

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(37)

King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
NPG 316a(37)

Probably King William IV, attributed to Sir George Hayter - NPG 1632

Probably King William IV

attributed to Sir George Hayter
pencil, circa 1825-1828
NPG 1632

King William IV, after a drawing by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(141)

King William IV

after a drawing by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
tracing, 1837 (1830)
NPG 316a(141)

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(142)

King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1830
NPG 316a(142)

King William IV, after Henry Edward Dawe - NPG 1163

King William IV

after Henry Edward Dawe
watercolour, (circa 1830)
NPG 1163

King William IV, by John De Veaux - NPG 2920

King William IV

by John De Veaux
wax medallion
NPG 2920

King William IV, by William Salter - NPG 3767

King William IV

by William Salter
oil on canvas, circa 1834-1840
NPG 3767

King William IV, by Sir David Wilkie - NPG 5917

King William IV

by Sir David Wilkie
oil on canvas, 1837
On display on the Staircase Hall at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 5917

King William IV, by Reginald Easton - NPG 4703

King William IV

by Reginald Easton
watercolour, circa 1838-1839
NPG 4703

King William IV, by and published by Valentine Green, after  Benjamin West - NPG D33544

King William IV

by and published by Valentine Green, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1 February 1780
NPG D33544

King William IV, by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by  Paul Sandby, published by  Antonio Poggi, after  Benjamin West - NPG D33545

King William IV

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by Paul Sandby, published by Antonio Poggi, after Benjamin West
line and stipple engraving and aquatint, published 15 January 1782
NPG D33545

King William IV ('Wouski'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12290

King William IV ('Wouski')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 January 1788
NPG D12290

King William IV, by and published by Charles Knight, after  John Hoppner - NPG D33546

King William IV

by and published by Charles Knight, after John Hoppner
stipple engraving, 1790s
NPG D33546

King William IV ('Nauticus'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12394

King William IV ('Nauticus')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 11 October 1791
NPG D12394

'The devil to pay; - the wife metamorphos'd, or Neptune reposing, after fording the Jordan', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13006

'The devil to pay; - the wife metamorphos'd, or Neptune reposing, after fording the Jordan'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 October 1791
NPG D13006

'Lubber's-hole, - alias - the crack'd Jordan' Dorothy Jordan; King William IV), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13007

'Lubber's-hole, - alias - the crack'd Jordan' Dorothy Jordan; King William IV)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1791
NPG D13007

King William IV, after Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D33549

King William IV

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
photograph of painting, (1792-1793)
NPG D33549

'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

King William IV, published by Robert Laurie, published by  James Whittle - NPG D9216

King William IV

published by Robert Laurie, published by James Whittle
mezzotint, published 12 May 1794
NPG D9216

King William IV ('Naval eloquence'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D10852

King William IV ('Naval eloquence')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching, published 6 January 1795
NPG D10852

King William IV ('A true British tar'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12526

King William IV ('A true British tar')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 28 May 1795
NPG D12526

'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

'La promenade en famille - a sketch from life', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12611

'La promenade en famille - a sketch from life'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 April 1797
NPG D12611

'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 William IV when Duke of Clarence, by John Chapman, after  Unknown artist - NPG D4425

King William IV when Duke of Clarence

by John Chapman, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1800
NPG D4425

King William IV, by James Ward, after  Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG D33547

King William IV

by James Ward, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, 1801
NPG D33547

King William IV, by James Ward, after  Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG D10711

King William IV

by James Ward, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, 1801
NPG D10711

King William IV ('An illustrious character'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12718

King William IV ('An illustrious character')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1802
NPG D12718

King William IV ('The royal lounger'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12831

King William IV ('The royal lounger')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 26 June 1804
NPG D12831

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13107

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 June 1804
NPG D13107

'End of the Irish farce of Catholic Emancipation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13110

'End of the Irish farce of Catholic Emancipation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 17 May 1805
NPG D13110

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