72 of 268 portraits of King George IV
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 June 1796
14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (364 mm x 263 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (370 mm x 273 mm) paper size
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- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 273 portraits. Identify
- George Bussy Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey (1735-1805), Courtier. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Frances Villiers (née Twysden), Countess of Jersey (1753-1821), Mistress of George IV and courtier. Sitter associated with 8 portraits. Identify
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Events of 1796back to top
Current affairsBirth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.
Art and scienceFanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility.
Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House.
Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.
InternationalNapoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi.
Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel.
John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.
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