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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

George IV (1762-1830) 1821

RCIN 405918

This official state portrait, made to hang in the Throne Room at St James’s Palace, was painted over an earlier portrait showing George in Garter robes. It is framed in the heavy frame style typically favoured by Lawrence. The King wears the elaborate robes he designed for his coronation and stands with his hand on the Table of the Great Commanders of Antiquity, a gift from Louis XVIII in recognition of George’s role in the defeat of Napoleon.

Commissioned 1821