King George III
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
King George III
by Francis Philibert Hardenberg
11 1/4 in. (286 mm) high
Inscriptionback to top
A label on the back of the base reads: Pubd. May 8th 1820, by/F. Hardenberg, 19 Mount St./Grosvenor Sqre. London.
This portraitback to top
Published within three months of the King’s death; another example of this statuette is in the Athenaeum. Hardenberg also exhibited a marble bust of the King in 1820, and a closely comparable statuette was made by Lucius Gahagan in 1811.
Physical descriptionback to top
Blue eyes, dark wig, wearing the Windsor uniform of a dark blue coat with red collar and cuffs, white waistcoat and breeches; a glass in his left hand and a (separate) stick in his right.
Provenanceback to top
His Majesty GEORGE III Presented/By H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth/Langravina of Hesse Homberg/To the Honble. F. Calthorpe1 in 1820 (label verso); presented by E. Bullivant through the National Art Collections Fund 1964.
1 Frederick Calthorpe (1790-1868), later 4th Baron Calthorpe.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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