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King George IV

King George IV, by H. de Janvry, 1793 -NPG 1761 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

King George IV

by H. de Janvry
1793
2 3/8 in. (60 mm) diameter
NPG 1761

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed with spurious monogram and date: HJ 1793; the original signature was scratched into the background colour and has been painted over.

This portraitback to top

The portrait belongs to the period of the Prince's marriage to Mrs Fitzherbert whose miniature portrait on ivory by Janvry, dated 1796, is in the V&A Museum (P.46-1929). Another copy, one of a pair with the Princess of Wales, signed and dated 1796, was at Christie's 2 May 1961 (184) bought Frost & Reed. Bartolozzi's engraving of the Prince and Princess of Wales was published by Janvry in 1797.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders profile silhouette mainly in bare ivory with faint wash and stipple for modelling with white lead used for the highlights; Prussian blue background (repainted). Double-sided bezel locket originally backed with glass since replaced with card.

Provenanceback to top

Possibly the miniature lent by H. H. Gibbs to Burlington Fine Arts Miniature Exhibition 1889, p 135. Given to the NPG by Francis Wellesley 1915.


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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