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Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland

after John Riley
based on a work of 1687
49 in. x 40 in. (1245 mm x 1016 mm)
NPG 326

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A copy of the Riley in the Royal Collection, [1] which has been tentatively equated with the portrait mentioned by Queen Anne in a letter of 11 April 1687. [2] Several versions are known, including that at Althorp, with a pendant of Princess Anne, recorded in the Duchess of Marlborough’s collection before 1702; [3] at Gripsholm (1157); Gavno Castle; Cirencester; [4] Middleton Park, [5] and formerly with D. Minlore.

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1) O. Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1963, no.329, pl.135; exhibited The Quest for Albion, 1998, no.6. Engraved W. Faithorne II and in reverse as a bust-length oval by I. Beckett (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 32).
2) ‘The Prince has sat for his picture, and if I can get the man to come hither it shall be made an end of out of hand’ (Letters of Queen Anne, ed. B. Curtis Brown, 1935, p 27).
3) See O. Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1963, no.329; K. J. Garlick, ‘A Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp’, Wal. Soc., XLV, 1976, no.550, pl.14.
4) Illus. C. H. Collins Baker, Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, 1912, II, f.p.33; Earl Bathurst, Catalogue of the Bathurst Collection …, 1908, pp 26-27, illus., as Wissing.
5) C. H. Collins Baker, Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, 1912, II, p 29.

Referenceback to top

Collins Baker 1912
C. H. Collins Baker, Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, 1912, II, pp 29, 160.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 135.

Provenanceback to top

C. H. Waters, from whom purchased 1871.

Exhibitionsback to top

Marlborough House, 1976–87.


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685–1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.