King George IV
King George IV
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1814
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 196 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Lawrence's unfinished profile was intended for a medal which was never struck. The cosmetic-wearing and much overweight Prince was regularly mocked as the 'Prince of Whales' and Lawrence had to defend this elegant portrait as a true likeness.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 66
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 81
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 85
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 111
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 111
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 241
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 101
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 201
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 142
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 138
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Thomas Lawrence Portraits (21 October 2010 - 23 January 2011)
Events of 1814back to top
Current affairsPrincess Caroline leaves England for a lengthy series of travels in Europe and the Middle East. Scandalous gossip promptly surrounds her relationship with her Italian valet, Count Bartholomew Bergami.George, Prince Regent, hosts a visit of the victorious allies to England with spectacular celebrations and fireworks at Carlton House.
Art and scienceJohn Soane completes the construction of Dulwich Picture Gallery.First steam printing machine in the world is used to publish The Times.New Royal Mint opens at Tower Hill with improved precision machinery.Grand Western Canal completed from Loudwell to Tiverton.
InternationalParis falls under allied attack; Napoleon sent into exile on Elba.Force of British veterans lands at Chesapeake Bay, defeats Americans at Bladensburg and burns parts of Washington DC.Peace treaty signed with Americans in Ghent. General Pakenham is killed leading attack on New Orleans before news of the peace reaches America.
See this portrait
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
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