George III, 1738 - 1820. Reigned 1760 - 1820 (About 1763)

About this artwork

George, Prince of Wales, married Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Sterlitz in September 1761. A fortnight later they were crowned at Westminster Abbey and their coronation portraits were commissioned from Allan Ramsay, who had recently succeeded John Shackleton as Principle Painter in Ordinary. Horace Walpole considered Ramsay’s coronation portrait to be superior to previous whole lengths, saying “this has more air, and is painted exactly from the very robes which the king wore at his coronation. The gold stuff and ermine are highly finished; rather too much, for the head does not come out as much as it ought.” It was typical at this time to produce copies of portraits, yet it is recorded that Ramsay’s studio completed 153 pairs, together with twenty-six versions of the king alone.

  • title: George III, 1738 - 1820. Reigned 1760 - 1820
  • accession number: PG 216
  • Studio of: Allan RamsayScottish (1713 - 1784)
  • artist: Unknown
  • depicted: George
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Royalty
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1763
  • measurements: 249.70 x 163.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1888
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay

Ramsay, named after his father who was a poet, was internationally renowned for his outstanding portraits. He attended the new Academy of St Luke in Edinburgh and then continued his artistic education in Italy. He visited Rome, studying at the French Academy and Naples. British residents commissioned many portraits from him and as soon as he returned to London he established a successful studio. He also returned to Edinburgh regularly. King George III appointed him King's painter. As a gifted conversationalist and writer of essays, Ramsay pursued his scholarly interests when injury to his right arm in 1773 cut short his painting career.