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A woodcut showing the Emperor Maximilian in a triumphal chariot.
This large woodcut, over 2 metres in length, was originally planned as part of a huge printed frieze. The work, undertaken by a team of designers and woodblock cutters, was to show a triumph
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George III (proof and finished states)

published 24 February 1820

RCIN 604480

Accurate likenesses of George III were almost non-existent during the last years of his life, when he was withdrawn from public view. Here S.W. Reynolds elaborated upon a sketch of the king made by the sculptor Matthew Wyatt when he was working at Windsor. The proof states show the monarch with a wild, Lear-like appearance. The Prince Regent was approached for approval to publish and, on the third proof, alterations probably requested by the prince are marked in pencil. The published state shows these adjustments carried out, making the king more dignified in appearance.

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