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

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    King George III (1738-1820) Reigned 1760-1820
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 234.00 cm, width: 160.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by Lord Duveen, July 1937
    Provenance
    Collection of Lady Esmonde; by whom sold through Christie's, London, 'Old Pictures, the Property of Lady Esmonde...' sale, 29 July 1937 (Lot 9; with GAC 0/65); from which sale purchased by Sir Alec Martin (1884-1971; Chairman of Christie’s, London, 1940-58; Chairman of the Wallace Collection, London; Governor of the Foundling Hospital, London), presumably on behalf of art dealer and benefactor Joseph Joel Duveen, Baron Duveen (1869-1939); by whom presented to the Office of Works in July 1937
    GAC number
    0/64