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Drawing - Study for a portrait group of five of the children of King George III
  • Study for a portrait group of five of the children of King George III
    West, Benjamin, born 1738 - died 1820
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Study for a portrait group of five of the children of King George III

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    West, Benjamin, born 1738 - died 1820 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk, heightened with white

  • Museum number:

    FA.216

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 333

Physical description

Black chalk, heightened with white, depicting Prince Ernest (later Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover) (1771-1851), Prince Augustus (later Duke of Sussex) (1773-1843), Princess Augusta (1768-1840), Princess Elizabeth (later Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg) (1770-1840) and, probably, Prince Adolphus (later Duke of Cambridge) (1774-1850). These five children of George III are shown in a palace interior, the two sisters kneeling and supporting an infant, probably Prince Adolphus, on a cushioned trolley. Prince Ernest is standing on the left and Prince Augustus is reclining on the floor between his brother and the trolley. A drum lies on the floor at the extreme left of the composition, and a small dog on the left foreground barks at the child seated on the trolley. The original mount has wash-line borders and is dated c. 1775. Signed by the artist and stamped with various collection marks and numbers.

Place of Origin

Britain (drawn)

Date

ca. 1775 (drawn)

Artist/maker

West, Benjamin, born 1738 - died 1820 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

B West
Signed with the mark of the collection of Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), Director of the South Kensington Museum (Lugt 1433).

No. 410
Numbered in ink on the original mount

26
Numbered in ink on the original mount

children of King George 3d
Inscribed in ink on the original mount

Portraits of the Dukes of Cumberland and Sussex. The Princesses Augusta, Elizabeth and Mary (sic) Benjn. West
Inscribed and signed in ink by the artist on the back of the original mount

Children of George III
Inscribed in another hand on the back of the original mount

Dimensions

Height: 10 in Drawing, Width: 13.375 in Drawing, Height: 12.125 in Original mount, Width: 15.5 in Original mount

Descriptive line

Black chalk drawing by Benjamin West depicting a study for a portrait group of five of the children of King George III. Great Britain, ca. 1775.

Materials

Chalk; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Princess; Dukes; Children; Princes; Group portrait

Categories

Portraits; Drawings; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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