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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

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

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, studio of David Morier, (circa 1748-1749) - NPG 537 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

studio of David Morier
oil on canvas, (circa 1748-1749)
29 1/2 in. x 24 in. (749 mm x 610 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 537


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  • David Morier (1705?-1770). Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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Painted after the battle of Culloden, this portrait should be viewed as flattering propaganda. Although Cumberland's campaigns in the Netherlands were failing, he is portrayed as proud, elegant and confident, truly in command of the troops seen outside the window. The portrait is a version of a whole length in the Royal collection. 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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