Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818) Queen of King George III

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • 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.
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    Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818) Queen of King George III
    Oil on canvas
    height: 236.00 cm, width: 145.50 cm
    Purchased from Lady Crewe, June 1947
    Collection of Lady Crewe (and on loan to the Office of Works from March 1947); from whom purchased by the Office of Works in June 1947
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