This portrait is has been cut down and is thought to be the ‘anonymous whole length’ portrait of the Duke mentioned by John Kerslake in his catalogue of 'Early Georgian Portraits'. Kerslake dates the portrait to c.1745 and states that it could be the work of artist and printseller Arthur Pond (c.1701-1758). Kerslake also notes that the picture ‘is splendidly framed with military attributes’, including axes, spiked daggers and pistols. These serve to enhance this soldier’s ruthless and warmongering reputation. Other notable portraits of the Duke of Cumberland, painted by David Morier and Sir Joshua Reynolds, are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
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