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George III, 1738 - 1820. Reigned 1760 - 1820

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George III, 1738 - 1820. Reigned 1760 - 1820 About 1763

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  • Scottish Art
George, Prince of Wales, married Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Sterlitz in September 1761. A fortnight later they were crowned at Westminster Abbey and their coronation portraits were commissioned from Allan Ramsay, who had recently succeeded John Shackleton as Principal Painter in Ordinary. Horace Walpole considered Ramsay’s coronation portrait to be superior to previous whole lengths, saying “this has more air, and is painted exactly from the very robes which the king wore at his coronation. The gold stuff and ermine are highly finished; rather too much, for the head does not come out as much as it ought.” It was typical at this time to produce copies of portraits, yet it is recorded that Ramsay’s studio completed 153 pairs, together with twenty-six versions of the king alone.

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

Principal Painter in Ordinary

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

Commission, Principal Painter in Ordinary


  • Acc. No. PG 216
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 249.70 x 163.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1888