King George II when Prince of Wales

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King George II when Prince of Wales, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, after 1717, altered after 1727 - NPG D11933 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King George II when Prince of Wales

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, after 1717, altered after 1727
7 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (201 mm x 150 mm) plate size, small margins
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11933


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Sitterback to top

  • King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1679 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D10756: King George II when Prince of Wales (from same plate)
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  • NPG D11641: King George II when Prince of Wales (from same plate)
  • NPG D11934: Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach when Queen (from same plate)
  • NPG D11936: King George II when Prince of Wales (from same plate)
  • NPG D19950: King George II when Prince of Wales (from same plate)

Events of 1727back to top

Current affairs

George I dies on 11 January. George II is proclaimed king; the second Hanoverian on the British throne. Handel composes Zadok the Priest for his coronation which has been sung at every British coronation since. Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh. Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch to be executed in Britain when she is burned at the stake in Dornoch, Scotland.

Art and science

Artist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May. Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject. Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.

International

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion in St Thomas's church, Leipzig. Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.

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