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King William IV

(1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37

Sitter associated with 142 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 ('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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