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King William IV

6 of 19 portraits on display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery

King William IV, by Sir Martin Archer Shee, circa 1800 - NPG 2199 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King William IV

by Sir Martin Archer Shee
oil on canvas, circa 1800
87 in. x 59 in. (2210 mm x 1499 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1928
Primary Collection
NPG 2199


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  • King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-7. Sitter associated with 134 portraits.

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  • Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Depicted here in the full-dress uniform of an admiral William spent much of his life as a naval officer. Known for his robust quarterdeck attitudes and his lower-deck language he was described by Queen Victoria as 'very odd and singular'.

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