King George III (1738-1820) Reigned 1760-1820
About the work
Place: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Whitehall
Interpretation about this artwork is under review
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About the artist
Joshua Reynolds was the dominant artistic personality during the age of George III. He was born in Plympton, Devon. From 1750 to 1752 he studied the work of the Old Masters in Rome. Reynolds returned via Florence and Paris, and settled in London in 1753. In 1759 he painted a portrait of the future king, George, Prince of Wales (Royal Collection). After George’s accession the following year, Reynolds was dismayed to learn that Allan Ramsay had been made Principal Painter to the King. This marked the beginning of increasing hostility between Reynolds and the King. Nonetheless, by 1760 Reynolds had established himself as the leading portraitist. He became President of the Royal Academy in 1768 and was knighted the following year.
Sir Joshua, (after) Reynolds
- King George III (1738-1820) Reigned 1760-1820
- Oil on canvas
- height: 236.00 cm, width: 145.50 cm
- Purchased from Lady Crewe, June 1947
- Lady Crewe: lent March 1947, purchased June 1947
- GAC number