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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

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

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1758-1760 - NPG 625 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1758-1760
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased, 1881
Primary Collection
NPG 625

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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In this portrait, probably painted between 1758 and 1760, Cumberland is wearing a blue army uniform, although he had actually resigned his commission after defeat and political embarrassment in Austria in 1757. It seems the portrait was intended for one of Cumberland's generals, who probably preferred to have his commander wearing uniform. It is one of the better of several versions of this portrait to emerge from Reynolds' studio. 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 D32906: William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (after)
  • NPG D32907: William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (after)

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