King George III

1 portrait

King George III, studio of Allan Ramsay, (1761-1762) - NPG 223 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King George III

studio of Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, (1761-1762)
58 in. x 42 in. (1473 mm x 1067 mm)
Purchased, 1866
Primary Collection
NPG 223


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Sitterback to top

  • King George III (1738-1820), Reigned 1760-1820. Sitter associated with 182 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 118 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, George was the first Hanoverian King to be born and bred in England. His reign from 1760 was one of the longest and most eventful in modern times. Although plagued by apparent bouts of insanity, he maintained a meticulous personal interest in government until 1811. A patron of the arts and sciences, he amassed an extensive library and fostered an interest in agriculture. His obstinate attitude towards the demands of the American colonies led to the loss of these territories and the close of the first British empire. This portrait shows the King in his coronation robes; it is one of the numerous replicas issued by Ramsay of the coronation portrait which he painted in 1761. Many of these found their way to Britain's newly acquired colonial territories where they represented the authority of the nascent British empire.

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  • NPG 224: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (companion portrait)

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