King George I and the line of succession
3 of 6 portraits of Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George I and the line of succession
by John Sebastian Miller (formerly Johann Sebastian Müller), after Samuel Wale
line engraving, circa 1748
20 3/4 in. x 16 in. (526 mm x 407 mm) paper size
Artistsback to top
- John Sebastian Miller (formerly Johann Sebastian Müller) (1715-1792), Engraver and botanist. Artist or producer associated with 34 portraits.
- Samuel Wale (1721-1786), History painter. Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (1719-1772), Mother of George III. Sitter associated with 15 portraits. Identify
- Princess Augusta Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttell (1737-1813), Daughter of Frederick Prince of Wales, eldest sister of George III. Sitter associated with 11 portraits. Identify
- Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1683-1737), Queen of George II. Sitter in 36 portraits. Identify
- Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1739-1767), Son of Frederick, Prince of Wales; brother of King George III. Sitter associated with 11 portraits. Identify
- Princess Elizabeth Caroline (1740-1759), Daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales. Sitter associated with 3 portraits. Identify
- Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales (1707-1751), Son of George II; father of George III. Sitter associated with 35 portraits. Identify
- Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn (1745-1790), Brother of George III. Sitter associated with 6 portraits. Identify
- King George I (1660-1727), Reigned 1714-27. Sitter associated with 54 portraits. Identify
- King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 57 portraits. Identify
- King George III (1738-1820), Reigned 1760-1820. Sitter associated with 193 portraits. Identify
- William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-1765), General; third son of George II. Sitter associated with 45 portraits. Identify
- Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743-1805), Third son of Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales. Sitter associated with 6 portraits. Identify
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Allegory in portraits
- Angels, fairies and cherubs
- Family portraits
- Fur accessories
- Group portraits
- Jewellery - Crowns and tiaras
- Jewellery - Earrings
- Jewellery - Hair ornaments
- Jewellery - Pearls
- Jewellery - Pendants and necklaces
- Jewellery - Precious stones
- Line engraving
- Pets and animals
- Pets and animals - Reptiles and amphibians
- Pets and animals - Wild and exotic animals
Events of 1748back to top
Current affairsIn his role as magistrate, Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, effectively London's first police force.
Fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.
Art and scienceTobias Smollett publishes The Adventures of Roderick Random.
Samuel Richardson publishes Clarissa; the longest novel in the English language.
Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
Physician John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.
InternationalAncient Roman city of Pompeii is rediscovered near Naples, further fuelling a resurgence of interest in the antique among British collectors such as the diplomat Sir William Hamilton.
Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
French writer Montesquieu anonymously publishes his influential treatise on political theory L'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws).
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