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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians

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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians, by William Thomas Fry, after  George Dawe, based on a work of 1817 - NPG 1530 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians

by William Thomas Fry, after George Dawe
coloured engraving, based on a work of 1817
17 1/2 in. x 14 in. (445 mm x 356 mm)
Purchased, 1909
Primary Collection
NPG 1530

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Artistsback to top

  • George Dawe (1781-1829), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
  • William Thomas Fry (1789-1843), Engraver. Artist associated with 62 portraits.

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George Dawe established his name as a court painter through the couple's patronage. This drawing of the newlyweds gained popularity throughout Europe in its engraved form. It marks one of their first public engagements as a married couple, a visit to the Drury Lane Theatre in June 1816. The princess is shown with a wreath of white roses in her hair, a fashion she clearly preferred. After a dutiful period of public appearances, the couple retreated to their new home, Claremont House, near Esher, where they styled a life for themselves as 'Mr & Mrs Coburg' and lived in domestic bliss.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D33526: Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians (from same plate)

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Events of 1817back to top

Current affairs

Princess Charlotte, only daughter of George, Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick, dies in childbirth, prompting widespread mourning.
Seditious Meetings Bill drives democratic societies underground.
Rising depression and discontent; Prince Regent's coach attacked at state opening of Parliament.

Art and science

John Keats begins to write his epic poem Endymion on the Isle of Wight; a rite of passage as a professional poet after deserting his medical career.
John Constable exhibits Flatford Mill, one of his most famous naturalistic landscape paintings, at the Royal Academy
John Rennie's new Waterloo Bridge opens.


Journalist William Cobbett flees to America fearing prosecution. Already imprisoned for two years for seditious libel he grew more vehemently pro-reform on his release and reduced the price of his weekly periodical the Political Register to expand its circulation and influence to all classes.
James Monroe is elected President of the United States.

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