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Queen Adelaide (Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen)

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Queen Adelaide (Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen), by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1832 - NPG 316a(189) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Adelaide (Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen)

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1832
18 1/8 in. x 12 1/8 in. (461 mm x 308 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(189)

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Adelaide was the German-born daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Meinengen. She married the Duke of Clarence, later William IV, after a succession crisis created an urgent need for the brothers of George IV to produce legitimate heirs (the duke already had ten illegitimate children by his mistress, the actress Dorothy Jordan). This drawing is likely to have been made for Chantrey's coinage designs following William IV's coronation. The royal couple remained childless, but Adelaide was close to the heir presumptive, her niece, the future Queen Victoria.

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  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 624

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