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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

George IV (1762-1830) 1821

RCIN 405918

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Lawrence was the most fashionable and also the greatest portraitist of his generation. He was made Principal Painter to George III in 1792 after Reynolds’s death, and received occasional commissions; however it was only after 1814 that George IV (then Prince Regent) began to employ him in earnest.  

This is the coronation portrait of George IV painted in 1821 and recording the extraordinary robes designed by the King himself. The King is shown in Coronation Robes, resting his right hand on the 'Table des Grands Capitaines' beside the Imperial Crown and wears collars of the orders of the Golden Fleece, Guelphs, Bath and Garter. This magnificent image was widely reproduced by Lawrence’s studio.