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King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60

Sitter associated with 56 portraits
The only son of George I, the future George II moved from Hanover to Britain to become Prince of Wales in 1714. Having long been at odds with his father, his London home became a meeting place for the king's political opponents. When crowned George II in 1727, he wanted to replace all the ministers who had served his father, but was persuaded against this on the astute diplomatic advice of his wife, Queen Caroline. She remained politically influential as George left state decisions to others, notably the Whig minister Sir Robert Walpole. A skilled military strategist, George II was the last British monarch to lead the troops into battle against the French at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

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205

King George II

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (1716)
NPG 205

368

King George II

studio of Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, circa 1727
NPG 368

670

King George II

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1744
On display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 670

4855(5)

King George II

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(5)

4855(2)

King George II

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(2)

1356

Group associated with the Moravian Church

attributed to Johann Valentin Haidt
oil on canvas, circa 1752-1754
On display in the Closet at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1356

256

King George II

by or after Thomas Worlidge
oil on canvas, circa 1753
NPG 256

D27411

King George II

by Michael Vandergucht
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27411

D27412

King George II

by Michael Vandergucht
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27412

D7906

King George II when Prince of Hanover

by William Faithorne Jr, after Georg Wilhelm Lafontaine (Fountain, Fontaine)
mezzotint, 1700-1710 (1701 or before)
NPG D7906

D19016

King George II

by and published by Jacob Gole, after Johann Leonhard Hirschmann
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19016

D11635

King George II when Prince of Hanover

by and published by John Smith, after Johann Leonhard Hirschmann
mezzotint, 1706
NPG D11635

D7905

King George II when Prince of Hanover

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, before 1714
NPG D7905

D32866

King George II

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717 (1716)
NPG D32866

D11638

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717 (1716)
NPG D11638

D7907

King George II when Prince of Wales

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717
NPG D7907

D11641

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717-1727
NPG D11641

D11936

King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717-1727
NPG D11936

D34142

The Sovereigns of England, part 2

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34142