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King George I (1660-1727) Reigned 1714-27: Emblematic Trade Sign of Thomas Wylde, Worcester

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road

    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.

    This painting is dominated by a portrait of George I set within an oval (derived from a 1714 engraving by Bernard Picart). To the left is a view of Worcester Cathedral, representing the Church, while to the right, a depiction of shipping represents Trade. (By this time Worcester had a long tradition of cloth manufacture. Ships transported wool into the city along the River Severn and exported the cloth.)

    The painting, essentially a campaign poster, was made for Thomas Wylde when he stood as a candidate to represent the city of Worcester at the 1718 by-election. Wylde had already served as MP for Worcester from 1701 and returned in 1718, retaining the seat until 1727. Thomas Wylde was born in Worcester; the son of Robert Wylde. The Wyldes had long been a prominent family in the area, having made their fortune in the cloth trade. Wylde was later appointed a Commissioner of Excise in Dublin and moved to the city with his wife, Mary (née Tracy).

    The now unknown artist of this work also painted a similar work for Thomas Vernon (1654-1721), who he stood as Whig MP for the county of Worcestershire in 1715. The painting is now on display at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire (National Trust).

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    King George I (1660-1727) Reigned 1714-27: Emblematic Trade Sign of Thomas Wylde, Worcester
    Oil on canvas
    height: 102.00 cm, width: 127.50 cm
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, February 1969
    [Beneath image. First column:] For the / Church of En- / -gland as by Law / Established, [Second column:] For his most Excellent Majesty / King GEORGE. / THOMAS WYLDE. [Third column:] For Trade and / the Good of our / own Country,
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