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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (1719-1772), Mother of George III

Daughter of Frederick II of Saxe-Gotha; married, 26 April 1736, Frederick Prince of Wales; 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.