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The Art of Monarchy

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

George Knapton (1698-1778)

The Family of Frederick, Prince of Wales Signed and dated 1751

RCIN 405741

State Dining Room, Windsor Castle

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Augusta, Princess of Wales (1719-1772), wearing a black widow's veil, is seated upon a throne under a canopy of state, centre; upon the steps around her are her children, at various pursuits; a portrait of the dead Prince hangs on the wall, left. Frederick predeceased his father, George II, thereby extinguishing a link in the royal line of succession. This portrait is both a tribute to the late Prince, whose masterful and paternal portrait looks over his living family and a confirmation of the continuation of the Hanoverian line as we follow the gaze of the widowed Princess of Wales to her eldest son, who would become George III in 1760.