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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

(1744-1818), Queen consort of George III

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 84 portraits
Queen of George III. The youngest daughter of Charles Louis of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, she first met her future husband on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. Unable to speak English initially, Charlotte felt alienated from both her husband and her adopted country during the first years of her marriage. Eventually the couple formed a strong and affectionate bond. Although she did not play a part in politics, she used her closeness with George III to keep herself well informed and may have had some influence, albeit indirect. Her connections with German dukedoms made her a channel for the King's continental affairs at least. She had fifteen children and was mother of two future kings.

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Henry Bone, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG 6290

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
enamel on copper, 1801, based on a work of circa 1793
On display in the Room 14 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6290

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, attributed to (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, after  Henry Meyer - NPG 2788

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

attributed to (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, after Henry Meyer
wash and pencil, circa 1810
NPG 2788

The Studious Fair (possibly Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz), by Charles Spooner, after  Mary Benwell (Mrs Code) - NPG D9113

The Studious Fair (possibly Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz)

by Charles Spooner, after Mary Benwell (Mrs Code)
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D9113

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs', by William Hogarth - NPG D21370

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs'

by William Hogarth
etching, published 1761
NPG D21370

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Richard Houston, published by  John Bowles, and published by  Robert Sayer, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D33074

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Richard Houston, published by John Bowles, and published by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, 1761
NPG D33074

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Johann Philipp Haid, published by  Johann Daniel Herz the Younger, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33077

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Johann Philipp Haid, published by Johann Daniel Herz the Younger, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, after 1761
NPG D33077

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs', by William Hogarth - NPG D33303

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs'

by William Hogarth
etching, published 1761
NPG D33303

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Thomas Burford - NPG D8006

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Thomas Burford
mezzotint, published 1761
NPG D8006

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Thomas Frye - NPG D10817

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Thomas Frye
line engraving, (1762)
NPG D10817

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Unknown artist - NPG D8008

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1762
NPG D8008

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Richard Houston, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D8009

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Richard Houston, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D8009

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by James Watson, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D8010

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by James Watson, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D8010

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Thomas Frye - NPG D11287

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 24 May 1762
NPG D11287

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales, by Richard Houston, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Robert Pyle - NPG D33075

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV when Prince of Wales

by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Robert Pyle
mezzotint, mid 1760s
NPG D33075

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Unknown artist - NPG D9111

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D9111

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Unknown artist - NPG D8007

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D8007

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal, by and published by William Wynne Ryland, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D33076

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal

by and published by William Wynne Ryland, after Francis Cotes
line engraving, published 1770
NPG D33076

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Thomas Burke, after  Angelica Kauffmann - NPG D21301

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Thomas Burke, after Angelica Kauffmann
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D21301

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Richard Houston, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D33079

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Richard Houston, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, 1772
NPG D33079

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Unknown artist - NPG D16350

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Unknown artist
etching, published 1782
NPG D16350

'A new way to pay the National-Debt', by James Gillray, published by  William Holland - NPG D13052

'A new way to pay the National-Debt'

by James Gillray, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 21 April 1786
NPG D13052

'The friendly agent' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III; Warren Hastings; John Scott-Waring), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12364

'The friendly agent' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III; Warren Hastings; John Scott-Waring)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 9 June 1787
NPG D12364

'Ancient music', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13060

'Ancient music'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 10 May 1787
NPG D13060

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13061

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching and aquatint, published 29 May 1787
NPG D13061

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13062

'Monstrous craws, at a new coalition feast' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George IV; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 29 May 1787
NPG D13062

'The bow to the throne, - alias - the begging bow', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12378

'The bow to the throne, - alias - the begging bow'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 6 May 1788
NPG D12378

'Camera-obscura', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12380

'Camera-obscura'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 9 March 1788
NPG D12380

'State-jugglers', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12381

'State-jugglers'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1788
NPG D12381

'-Coaches', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12383

'-Coaches'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1788
NPG D12383

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, after Unknown artist - NPG D8012

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1790
NPG D8012

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after  John Russell - NPG D33073

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1791
NPG D33073

'Wierd sisters; ministers of darkness; minions of the moon', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12436

'Wierd sisters; ministers of darkness; minions of the moon'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 23 December 1791
NPG D12436

'The introduction', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12432

'The introduction'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 22 November 1791
NPG D12432

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