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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

(1721-1765), General; third son of George II

Sitter associated with 45 portraits
Third son of George II. A lifelong soldier, described by Horace Walpole as 'proud and unforgiving, fond of war for its own sake'. His victory at Culloden in 1746 ended the Jacobite threat, but his severe treatment of the rebels earned him the nickname of 'Butcher of Culloden'.

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson, and after John Wootton
mezzotint, circa 1744-1756 (1744)
NPG D18876

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by Gerhard Bockman, sold by John Bowles
mezzotint, published circa 1750-1775
NPG D19191

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by Thomas Ryley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint and line engraving, (circa 1758-1760)
NPG D7940

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

sold by Thomas Jefferys, and sold by William Herbert, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published circa 1759
NPG D19419

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'Battle of Culloden' (William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland)

by Pals
etching, published 1 October 1799
NPG D14280


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