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Relief - Princess Charlotte Augusta

Princess Charlotte Augusta

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1817 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kelly, John (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR5

Portraits in ivory were fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. Generally elephant or walrus ivory was used. Since the pieces were limited in size the portraits tended to be small, yet they could still be monumental in form. The subject of this relief Princess Charlotte, was the daughter of George IV. She died in childbirth. The ivory is made by John Kelly in 1817 in Britain, and artist of whom little is known.

Physical description

Shown in profile to the left. Her hair is drawn up into a knot and curls on the top of her head with rows of tight curls combed down to form a fringe on her forehead. She wears a low cut gown with narrow bands of embroidery round the décolletage and the waist; a mantle is draped round the shoulders. Round the neck a string of large pearls. Signed and dated.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1817 (made)


Kelly, John (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory

Marks and inscriptions

'John Kelly Sculp. 1817'
on the flat back


Height: 9.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A. in 1938.

Descriptive line

Relief, ivory, profile portrait of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, by John Kelly, British, 1817

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

Review [1911-1938], Victoria & Albert Museum. Review of the Principal Acquisitions during the Year, London, 1938, p. 5
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 164





Subjects depicted



Portraits; Royalty; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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