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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

George IV at Holyrood House: A portrait sketch c. 1822-3

RCIN 408655

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After his coronation in 1821, George travelled to Scotland, Ireland and Hanover. He was the first reigning monarch to visit Scotland since Charles I. His arrival at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh was captured by David Wilkie in a large oil painting, for which this is a study. George is dressed in Field Marshal’s uniform and wears the Order of the Thistle, the senior order of chivalry in Scotland.

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