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King George III (1738-1820) reigned 1760-1820

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

  • About the artist
    Allan Ramsay was born in Edinburgh. After two years of study in Italy, he settled in London in 1738. From the 1740s until the emergence of Reynolds as a rival in the mid-1750s, he maintained a reputation as Britain’s leading portraitist. He was also one of the wealthiest painters, amassing a fortune of about £40,000. In May 1757, a few months after his return to England from a three-year stay in Italy, Ramsay received a commission from John, Third Earl of Bute, to paint the young Prince of Wales (the future George III). It was the success of this portrait which led George III to appoint Ramsay as his Principal Painter. Ramsay’s love of Italy did not diminish with age. He died at Dover in August 1784, returning from his last Italian journey.
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    George III
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    King George III (1738-1820) reigned 1760-1820
    Oil on canvas
    height: 250.00 cm, width: 160.00 cm
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Acquired by Inland Revenue, Somerset House (origin/date uncertain, before 1938); transferred to Government Art Collection 2012
    GAC number