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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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King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5890

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, circa 1780-1782
NPG 5890

King George IV, by Richard Cosway - NPG 5389

King George IV

by Richard Cosway
watercolour on ivory, 1792
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5389

King George IV, by H. de Janvry - NPG 1761

King George IV

by H. de Janvry
wash and stipple with white lead heightening on ivory, 1793
NPG 1761

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV, by Thomas R. Poole - NPG 3308

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV

by Thomas R. Poole
wax relief, 1795
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3308

King George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 123

King George IV

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1814
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 123

King George IV, after Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 2503

King George IV

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, (1815)
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2503

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, (1815)
NPG 6295

King George IV, by Thomas Wyon Jr, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 5579

King George IV

by Thomas Wyon Jr, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
silver medal with ribbon, 1816
NPG 5579

King George IV, by Thomas Wyon Jr, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 5575

King George IV

by Thomas Wyon Jr, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
silver medal, 1816
NPG 5575

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(54)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1821
NPG 316a(54)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(53)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, pen and ink, circa 1821
NPG 316a(53)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(55)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1821
NPG 316a(55)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(56)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1826
NPG 316a(56)

King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(57)

King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1826
NPG 316a(57)

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales, by Richard Houston, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Robert Pyle - NPG D33075

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales

by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Robert Pyle
mezzotint, mid 1760s
NPG D33075

King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by James Watson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D33327

King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by James Watson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, circa 1765-1770
NPG D33327

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