Queen Charlotte; Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1744 - 1818. Queen of George III
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Queen Charlotte; Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1744 - 1818. Queen of George III About 1763

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
Charlotte married George, Prince of Wales, in September 1761. A fortnight later they were crowned at Westminster Abbey and their coronation portraits commissioned from Ramsay, who had recently succeeded John Shackleton as Principle Painter in Ordinary. Charlotte is seen in a similar setting to her husband, with classical columns and rich drapery. In coronation robes of gold and ermine to match George, she gestures towards the crown. This version is by Ramsay’s studio – the replication of state portraits for heads of state, colonial governors, ambassadors etc, was a common occurrence during this time. There are subtle differences between the copies. Ramsay’s earliest version shows Charlotte wearing a pearl necklace, whereas later portraits, such as this, feature a gem encrusted necklace.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Principle Painter in Ordinary

The title given to the monarch’s official painter. It was a role predominantly held by portraitists.

Commission, Principle Painter in Ordinary

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 217
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 249.50 x 163.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1888