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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, by Richard Woodman, circa 1816 - NPG 206 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

by Richard Woodman
watercolour, circa 1816
7 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (187 mm x 149 mm) oval
Given by Frederic Bulley by wish of his brother, 1866
Primary Collection
NPG 206


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  • Richard Woodman (1784-1859), Engraver and portrait painter. Artist associated with 30 portraits.

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Contemporary descriptions of Princess Charlotte suggest that she was a 'well-set, young beautiful woman' with a disconcertingly masculine manner. Sir Thomas Lawrence found her 'wanting in elegance of deportment', but noted that 'if she does nothing gracefully, she does everything kindly'.
Evidence of her boisterous nature is not found in her portrait images, which, as in this example, usually present her in a demure fashion. Painted around the time of her marriage, her hair is dressed with roses, and she holds her hand and arm to display her wedding ring and diamond bracelet, gifts from Prince Leopold.

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