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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

1 of 3 portraits on display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by Charles Jervas, circa 1728 - NPG 802 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, circa 1728
58 in. x 44 in. (1473 mm x 1118 mm)
Given by Walter John Pelham, 4th Earl of Chichester, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 802

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

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William Augustus was King George II's second surviving son and his parent's favourite. Although only seven, he is shown here as a miniature adult wearing the red and ermine robes of state, his recently awarded Order of the Bath, and holding his crown. In this ceremonial portrait, his identity is not that of an individual child but of a state official - the Duke of Cumberland and first Knight of the Bath. Nevertheless, his tender years show through in his plump cheeks and slightly nervous expression. 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 D19579: William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (after)

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