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'The fall of Phaeton' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (nee Smythe))

6 of 24 portraits of Maria Anne Fitzherbert (nee Smythe)

'The fall of Phaeton' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (nee Smythe)), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores, published 1 July 1788 - NPG D12997 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The fall of Phaeton' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (nee Smythe))

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 1 July 1788
9 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (248 mm x 348 mm) plate size; 9 7/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (252 mm x 349 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12997


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  • Samuel William Fores (baptised 1761-1838), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 63 portraits.
  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.