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  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1 January 1771 (published)
    29 October 1770 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Earlom, Richard, born 1743 - died 1822 (engraver)
    Zoffany, Johan Joseph, born 1733 - died 1810 (artist)
    Robert Sayer (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 15

Physical description

Portrait of George III, Queen Charlotte and their six eldest children. The Royal Family are shown wearing costume of the mid-17th century, standing against a landscape and column in the background The king stands at the centre, leaning on the base of the column, while Queen Charlotte is seated in a chair to the right, with the two princesses. On the left are the four princes: the eldest, Prince George and Prince Frederick, are standing behind Prince Edward, who is seated and playing with a dog, and Prince William, who stands holding a cockatoo. In the landscape behind them is a statue of two male figures. Behind Queen Charlotte is an ermine-lined robe, hung over her chair, and a table with a crown, orb and sceptre on it.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1 January 1771 (published)
29 October 1770 (engraved)


Earlom, Richard, born 1743 - died 1822 (engraver)
Zoffany, Johan Joseph, born 1733 - died 1810 (artist)
Robert Sayer (publisher)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 50.8 cm cut to, Width: 58.4 cm cut to

Descriptive line

Print, group portrait of George III and Queen Charlotte with their six eldest children, mezzotint by Richard Earlom after Johan Zoffany, 1771.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Wessely, Joseph Edward. Richard Earlom. Hamburg: Haendcke & Lehmkuhl, 1886. 1 p.l., viii, 94 p.
Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883.



Subjects depicted

Ermine; Orb; Cockatoo; Crown; Queen; King; Sceptre; Children; Column; Robe; Dog; Family; Landscape


Children & Childhood; Royalty; Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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