King William IV
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King William IV
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
17 1/8 in. x 13 1/8 in. (435 mm x 333 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
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Sitterback to top
- King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37. Sitter associated with 144 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Annotated: 'Drawing from King William IV with a Camera Lucida ten days after his accession to the throne'. The bust was completed the next year, and is at Penshurst Place.
Chantrey designed the profile of the king that appeared on the coinage, possibly based on this drawing. He also made a bust of the king, that was widely praised for preserving 'a very strong likeness, and without gross flattery and to give a kingly air to it'. King William was George IV's brother, and is said to have treated Chantrey as a friend, giving him an official role as royal sculptor in 1831. Chantrey was knighted during his reign.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 508
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 664
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings (2 April 2011 - 20 November 2011)
Portrait setback to top
Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.