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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Family of George II c. 1731-2

RCIN 401358

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This is an oil sketch presumably for presentation to George II; unfortunately nothing more came of the project as William Kent intervened to chase off his rival. Hogarth seems to be planning something between a formal representation of an enthroned royal couple with their heirs and an informal family group enjoying a turn in the garden. Less interested in the promotion of the arts than his consort, George II had a particular passion for military matters. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle. Purchased by HM The Queen in 1955 Cat. 245