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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick

10 of 48 portraits of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Richard Cosway, published 1799 - NPG D10848 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1799
11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (287 mm x 207 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D10848


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  • Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver. Artist associated with 164 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
  • Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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Conforming to a taste for sentimental portraits of mothers and their children, which celebrated the tenderness of the maternal bond, Richard Cosway presents an idealised view of Princess Caroline holding Charlotte as a curly-haired child. In 1802, Sir Thomas Lawrence would produce a grander version on a similar theme with a slightly older, but equally cherubic, Charlotte handing sheet music to her mother. In reality, from shortly after her birth, Charlotte was segregated from her mother, and the increasingly scandal-ridden Caroline was only allowed to visit her under heavily restricted circumstances.