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Studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

George IV (1762-1830) 1821

Oil on canvas | 271.5 x 190.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 404933

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This is a version of Lawrence’s most replicated portrait of the Prince Regent, painted in 1818 wearing Garter robes and presented by the sitter to the Mansion House in Dublin (now in the Hugh Lane Gallery). This is one of four versions currently in the Royal Collection (RCIN 405680, 405309, 404933, 404384) all painted after the Coronation in 1820 at which point a crown replaces the plumed hat of the Garter on the table. This version is of mediocre quality and was first seen in its present location in the Waterloo Chamber in 1835. The King rests one hand on a paper lying under the Imperial Crown upon the 'Table des Grands Capitaines'; he wears Garter robes with the collars of the Golden Fleece, Guelphic Order, Bath and Garter