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King William IV

10 of 134 portraits of King William IV

King William IV, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1830 - NPG 316a(142) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King William IV

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1830
17 1/8 in. x 13 1/8 in. (435 mm x 333 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(142)


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

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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.

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