Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales(1796-1817), Daughter of George IV
Sitter associated with 49 portraits
Charlotte's parents separated a few months after her birth, their marriage having lasted only a year. Charlotte was brought up by governesses and saw little of her mother. Contemporary descriptions of Princess Charlotte suggest that she was a 'well-set, young beautiful woman' with a masculine manner. Sir Thomas Lawrence found her 'wanting in elegance of deportment', but noted that 'if she does nothing gracefully, she does everything kindly'. She married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in 1816. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness before she died in childbirth the following year. Public grief at her death was heightened by the universal scorn felt for the rest of the royal family.
by William Thomas Fry, after George Dawe
coloured engraving, based on a work of 1817
by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1799
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