William Turner 'de Lond'

George IV, 1762 - 1830. Reigned as Regent 1811 - 1820, as King 1820 - 1830 (At a military review on Portobello Sands 23 August 1822) (182[8])

About this artwork

In 1822 George IV became the first reigning monarch to visit Scotland since 1650. The King's two-week visit to Edinburgh temporarily increased his popularity, which had suffered greatly due to his extravagant lifestyle and problems with drink and women during his decade of ruling as Prince Regent. On Friday, 23 August, the King reviewed 3000 volunteer cavalrymen and honoured the Clans on Portobello sands. In Turner's painting King George appears on horseback in front of his entourage, wearing a field marshal's uniform. The cheering crowds assembled on the sand dunes include ladies in carriages, uniformed officers and fishwives recognisable by their characteristically striped dresses.

  • title: George IV, 1762 - 1830. Reigned as Regent 1811 - 1820, as King 1820 - 1830 (At a military review on Portobello Sands 23 August 1822)
  • accession number: PG 2458
  • artist: William Turner 'de Lond'English (active 1767 - 1828)
  • depicted: George
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Military and naval Royalty
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 182[8]
  • measurements: 66.10 x 91.10 cm (framed: 80.50 x 105.40 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1980
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

William Turner 'de Lond'

William Turner 'de Lond'

Not much is known about this elusive artist, who was sometimes mistaken by his contemporaries for the famous landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. 'De Lond', as he signed his works, must have migrated to Edinburgh from Ireland around 1822. He became known for his views of the city, and in particular for his paintings of the disastrous Great Fire of 1824 in Edinburgh's Old Town. In addition to landscapes and cityscapes, he also painted several representations of ceremonial visits by George IV, including his Grand Entry of George IV into Dublin in 1821.