King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-20, Reigned 1820-30

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House
  • About the artist
    Francis Chantrey was born in Norton, near Sheffield. His father was a carpenter who owned a small farm. Initially apprenticed to a carver and gilder called Ramsey, Chantrey was later taught drawing by John Raphael Smith. He began his career painting portraits but turned to wood-carving, before trying clay modeling. In 1809 he exhibited a bust of ‘Satan’ at the Royal Academy, which led to commissions for further busts. He travelled to Paris in 1814 and Rome in 1819, where he visited the studios of Canova and Thorvaldsen. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1818. In 1835 he was knighted. By the end of his life Chantrey had built a considerable fortune, most of which he left to the Royal Academy for purchasing work by British artists.
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    People
    George IV
    Places
    Subjects
    royal portrait, man, King
    Materials & Techniques
    marble, bust (as object name), marble bust
  • Details
    Title
    King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-20, Reigned 1820-30
    Date
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 83.00 cm, width: 61.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Lt. Col. Spottiswoode, June 1955
    Provenance
    Presented by the Sculptor to John C Herries 1831; purchased from Lt. Col. Spottiswoode 1955
    GAC number
    3207