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Group associated with the Moravian Church

6 of 56 portraits of King George II

Group associated with the Moravian Church, attributed to Johann Valentin Haidt, circa 1752-1754 - NPG 1356 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Group associated with the Moravian Church

attributed to Johann Valentin Haidt
oil on canvas, circa 1752-1754
20 7/8 in. x 24 5/8 in. (530 mm x 626 mm)
Purchased, 1904
Primary Collection
NPG 1356

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  • King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.

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This unusual scene features members of the Moravian Brethren, a reformed group of Protestants from East Bohemia who settled in Saxony in the early eighteenth century. In 1735 ten Moravian missionaries, accompanied by the Wesley brothers, went to Georgia in America to found a settlement. Soon after their charismatic leader, the missionary and mystic Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf visited London with the intention of securing protection for Moravians living and working as missionaries in Georgia and the British colonies. In 1749 an Act of Parliament was passed to this effect, and this painting commemorates the event. The figures have not all been identified, but the King wearing red robes and a crown must be George II, and the man to the extreme right is Zizendorf, receiving a copy of the Act.

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