The Wallace Collection

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George III
  • Studio of Allan Ramsay (1713 - 1784)
  • George III
  • England
  • 1762 - 1782
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 80.3 x 64.3 cm
  • P560
  • Reserve Gallery
Further Reading
  • The Scottish painter Allan Ramsay first painted George III (as the Prince of Wales) in 1758, for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (the Prince’s tutor, later appointed Prime Minister). Ramsay was appointed Principal Painter in Ordinary to the King in 1767.

    George III (1738-1820) ascended the throne in 1760 and his coronation, with Queen Charlotte, took place on 22 September 1761. By December of the same year, Ramsay was working on a new full-length portrait of the King, showing him in his coronation robes (Royal Collection). As an official state portrait, the picture was highly desirable and over 100 replica versions appear to have been produced, many by Ramsay’s own hand. To meet this demand, Ramsay employed several studio assistants, who continued to produce replica portraits after the artist’s retirement in 1773, following an arm injury. A full-length studio copy of the portrait (together with a studio copy of its companion picture, a portrait of Queen Charlotte) is in the collection of the current Marquess of Hertford at Ragley Hall. The present picture is also considered to be a studio copy, but is reduced to a bust-length size.