© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George IV
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey Click on the links below to find out more
pencil, circa 1821
18 in. x 12 3/4 in. (457 mm x 324 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 196 portraits.
George IV is crowned at Westminster Abbey on 19 July and Queen Caroline is turned away from the ceremony. Two weeks later she dies reawakening popular sympathy for her cause. Riots break out at her funeral as the Government attempts to reroute the procession to avoid the popular reaction of the mob.
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