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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

3 of 4 portraits on display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, by Samuel Percy, 1814 - NPG 3086 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

by Samuel Percy
coloured wax relief, 1814
8 in. x 7 in. (203 mm x 178 mm)
Purchased, 1940
Primary Collection
NPG 3086


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Soon after the Prince of Wales's appointment as Regent in 1811, it was decided that his only daughter should marry and start a family. Percy's wax sculpture is signed and dated 1814. This was the year that Princess Charlotte came of age and her father announced her engagement to the Dutch Prince William of Orange. When the princess discovered that she would have to live half the year in Holland she called the marriage off, to her father's irritation. She married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium in 1816. Princess Charlotte was a favourite subject for Samuel Percy. In 1817 he was officially appointed 'Wax Modeller to the Princess'.

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