Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (1719-1772), Mother of George III
The Earl of Egmont noted, 27 April 1736, before her wedding:
'She is about his [the Prince's] height, much pitted with the small pox and had a great colour from the heat of the day and the hurry and surprise she was in. But she has a peculiar affability of behaviour and a great sweetness of countenance, mixed with innocence, cheerfulness and sense' (Diary of Viscount Percival, afterwards First Earl of Egmont, Historical Manuscripts Commission 63, 1920-23, II, pp 263-64).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.