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Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV

2 of 4 portraits on display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV, by Thomas R. Poole, 1795 - NPG 3308 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV

by Thomas R. Poole
wax relief, 1795
4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (102 mm x 146 mm)
Given by Frances E. Jerdein (née Jones), 1946
Primary Collection
NPG 3308

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George, Prince of Wales and Frederick, Duke of York were the two oldest sons of George III. The year of this double portrait - 1795 - was significant for both. George (on the right) embarked on an arranged marriage with Caroline of Brunswick which immediately proved a disaster. Frederick was promoted to field marshal after returning from the Napoleonic Wars, even though he had proved an ineffective leader. Frederick's military promotion made George jealous as his father the king would not allow him a position in the army. This is one of Poole's earliest known waxes. He modeled a number of portraits of George IV in the following decades and, as early as 1791, was styling himself 'Medallion Modeler to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.'

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