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King George III

3 of 4 portraits by Agostino Carlini

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King George III

by and published by William Bromley, after Edward Francisco Burney, after Agostino Carlini
stipple engraving, published 20 November 1798, based on a work of 1769
23 3/4 in. x 17 3/8 in. (604 mm x 440 mm) plate size; 24 1/2 in. x 19 1/4 in. (622 mm x 489 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1957
Reference Collection
NPG D33167

Sitterback to top

  • King George III (1738-1820), Reigned 1760-1820. Sitter associated with 193 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • William Bromley (1769-1842), Engraver. Artist associated with 39 portraits.
  • Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848), Artist and cousin of Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'). Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
  • Agostino Carlini (circa 1718-1790), Sculptor. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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To meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.

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William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.


Uprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.

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Cinzia Maria Sicca

21 August 2019, 08:23

Please correct this entry; the model of George III on horseback is NOT by Sir Richard Westmacott but, as the legend states, by Agostino Carlini. The model was first exhibited at the RA in 1769 and is currently preserved at the Royal Academy ( There's an earlier engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi with the statue transported on rollers, rather on a plinth as here (A. Calabi and A. Baudi De Vesme, Francesco Bartolozzi, Milan [1928], n. 818. See also 'A Man of Talent': Agostino Carlini (c. 1718-1790) Part I
Author(s): Marjorie Trusted
Source: The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 134, No. 1077 (Dec., 1992), pp. 776-784

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