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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

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Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, by Samuel Percy, 1814 -NPG 3086 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

by Samuel Percy
8 in. x 7 in. (203 mm x 178 mm)
NPG 3086

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated lower left: S. Percy 1814.

This portraitback to top

This is one of the first of a succession of wax busts and reliefs made by Percy shortly before his appointment as Wax Modeller to the Princess in 1817. A wax bust of Princess Charlotte, also dated 1814, was in the collection of the late HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, inherited from her father the Duke of Albany, exhibited 'Royal Gifts' at Christie's 1961-2 and sold Christie's 8 July 1981 (257). Later variants of the NPG relief are listed in E. J. Pyke's Dictionary of Wax Modellers, 1973, p 103; three-quarter-length copies with crimson instead of green curtains and dated 1817 are in Mr Pyke's own collection (reproduced Country Life, 22 March 1962, p 7659) and in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton; an undated copy is at Stanton Harcourt.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length in crimson and ermine robe, white dress with dark green trimmings and lace bodice; brown hair parted in centre, curled at sides and braided at the back; dark green curtain edged with gold to right and lower front; dark green velvet background.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas Kelly (publisher) 1821; thereafter uncertain until in the Arthur N. Gilbey collection and sold by his executors Christie's 26 April 1940 (142), bought Leggatt for the NPG.

Reproductionsback to top

Stipple vignette by R. Cooper, with slight differences in the dress, was published April 1821 by T. Kelly 'from Mr Percy's highly esteemed Wax Model in the Possession of the Publisher'.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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