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

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall

    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.

    George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and King of Hanover, sits in a relaxed pose beside an ornate side table, upon which rest his hat and sword. George III wears a bright red coat, which contrasts with the green upholstered chair and green hue of the background. Probably commissioned from the artist by the King himself, the original work on which this copy is based was painted by Johann Zoffany, along with a portrait of Queen Charlotte, in 1771 and remains in the Royal Collection. This much later version is too dissimilar to the original to have been copied directly from it and may have been inspired by a mezzotint print after the original.

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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: 129.00 cm, width: 122.50 cm
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, March 2009
    Collection of the Inland Revenue; Ministry of Works took over care of work in 1938; formally transferred to the Government Art Collection in 2009
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