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George IV as Prince of Wales (after Harlow)
  • Théodore Gericault (1791 - 1824)
  • After George Henry Harlow (1787 - 1819)
  • George IV as Prince of Wales (after Harlow)
  • England
  • probably 1820 - 1821
  • Painting
  • Pencil and watercolour on paper
  • Image size: 30.4 x 25.2 cm
  • P755
  • Not on display
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  • George IV (1762-1830) was Prince Regent 1811-20 and King 1820-30. Passionately fond of military uniforms, he is shown here as a general officer of Hussars. Gericault’s watercolour is a copy with variations of an engraving of 1811 by William Ward after a portrait (now untraced) by George Henry Harlow. Characteristically, Gericault (a great admirer and painter of sturdy horses) has strengthened the horse from Harlow's depiction. The watercolour probably dates from Gericault’s London visit of 1820-1. One of the appeals of England for Gericault was the English enthusiasm for horses.