Prince George Louis, Elector of Hanover (and later King George I of Great Britain and Ireland) is here shown in armour, standing before a tent.
Most portraits of the future king painted before 1714 depict him three-quarter length and wearing armour or a cuirass (breastplate and backplate fastened together). Several examples are held in the Brunswick collection at Schloss Blankenburg (Blankenburg Castle), Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. This portrait is closely related to a work by Nuremberg artist J. L. Hirschmann, now only known through John Smith’s half-length engraving, and to a three-quarter length portrait by H. H. Quiter (private collection).
The portrait was formerly in the collection of politician Sir Frederick Milner of Taplow Lodge, Buckinghamshire. Milner served as conservative MP for York (1883-85) and later MP for Bassetlaw (1890-1906). In 1904 he was appointed a Privy Councillor. After leaving Parliament he became interested in the welfare of disabled soldiers and his later years were dedicated to this cause. Milner sold this portrait to the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 1904. It was subsequently sold by the gallery to the Government Art Collection in 1920.
King George I (1660-1727) as Prince George Louis, Elector of Hanover
Oil on canvas
height: 162.50 cm, width: 115.00 cm, depth: 2.50 cm
Purchased from Leggatt Bros, 1920
Collection of politician Sir Frederick George Milner (1849-1931) of Taplow Lodge, Buckinghamshire; from whom purchased by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 1904 (Ex-NPG reference number 1366), as '3rd Earl of Peterborough'; from whom purchased by Leggatt Bros on behalf of the Ministry of Works in 1920
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