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George IV as Prince of Wales
  • John Hoppner (1758 - 1810)
  • George IV as Prince of Wales
  • England
  • 1792
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 126.5 x 100.4 cm
  • P563
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  • George IV (1762-1830), Prince Regent 1811-20, and King 1820-30 was a frequent visitor to Hertford House during his his close friendship with the 2nd Marchioness of Hertford (c.1806-20), and he was also a friend of her son, Lord Yarmouth, later 3rd Marquess of Hertford. This portrait, which may have been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792, demonstrates Hoppner’s vigorous technique and direct approach to composition. The pose is influenced by the male portraits of Reynolds; indeed Hoppner is known to have copied Reynolds’s earlier portraits of the Prince. The picture has retained its 1810 frame by John Smith, bearing the Prince of Wales’s feathers and motto 'ich dien' (I serve).