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'The Apotheosis of Prince Alfred and Prince Octavius' (Prince Octavius; Prince Alfred)

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'The Apotheosis of Prince Alfred and Prince Octavius' (Prince Octavius; Prince Alfred)

by and published by Sir Robert Strange, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1786 (1783)
24 1/2 in. x 17 7/8 in. (622 mm x 455 mm) plate size; 26 1/2 in. x 20 in. (672 mm x 507 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14979

Sittersback to top

  • Prince Alfred (1780-1782), Son of George III. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Prince Octavius (1779-1783), Son of George III. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir Robert Strange (1721-1792), Line engraver. Artist or producer associated with 25 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 39 portraits, Sitter associated with 43 portraits.

Events of 1786back to top

Current affairs

Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke instigates impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal after concerns about the moral standards of the British in India are raised.
Prime Minister William Pitt appoints commissioners for the reduction of the national debt and establishes a sinking fund of £1 million a year.
Government approves the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.

Art and science

Robert Burns publishes Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bringing him immediate success across the country.
Engraver and publisher John Boydell initiates plans for his Shakespeare Gallery in an effort to establish a school of British history painting.
Merchant David Dale establishes New Lanark in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as a model cotton milling community.


General Charles Cornwallis succeeds Warren Hastings as Governor-General in India.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna.
Francisco Goya is appointed court painter to the Spanish king Charles III.

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