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King George IV

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King George IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1821 - NPG 316a(55) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King George IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1821
18 in. x 12 3/4 in. (458 mm x 323 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(55)


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  • King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 182 portraits.

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Chantrey secured a number of royal commissions, helping to define the public image of three monarchs. This drawing was made for a marble bust, possibly commissioned by the king himself. Chantrey was aware of the disparity between the king's public and private persona, evident in the differences between his drawing and the idealised bust. In one anecdote he described how the king would receive him, 'in bed in a dirty flannel waistoat and cotton nightcap…he generally walked about his room all morning in bare legs.' The bust proved lucrative for Chantrey, his studio made a version every year. Chantrey's bronze equestrian statue of George IV is in Trafalgar Square.

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