Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach

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Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach, studio of Charles Jervas, 1727 - NPG 369 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach

studio of Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, 1727
86 in. x 50 1/4 in. (2185 mm x 1276 mm)
Purchased, 1873
Primary Collection
NPG 369

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  • Charles Jervas (1675-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Like the companion portrait of her husband, King George II, this is a version of the coronation portrait, which exists in several versions. Her dress, in keeping with John Hervey's waspish reminiscence of the coronation, is described 'as fine as the accumulated riches of the City and suburbs could make it; for besides her own jewels (which were a great number and very valuable) she had on her head and on her shoulders all the pearls she could borrow of the ladies of quality at one end of the town, and on her petticoat all the diamonds she could hire of the Jews and jewellers at the other . . .'. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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  • NPG 368: King George II (companion portrait)

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