Robert Dighton (British, 1752-1814) Princess Charlotte Augusta (1796–1817), standing in a garden, playing with a toy horse on wheels, wearing white dress and red buckled shoes, she holds the blue cord of the base of the toy in both hands, a horse whip in her right hand
Lot 73
Robert Dighton (British, 1752-1814) Princess Charlotte Augusta (1796–1817), standing in a garden, playing with a toy horse on wheels, wearing white dress and red buckled shoes, she holds the blue cord of the base of the toy in both hands, a horse whip in her right hand
Sold for £3,840 (US$ 5,965) inc. premium

Lot Details
Robert Dighton (British, 1752-1814)
Princess Charlotte Augusta (1796–1817), standing in a garden, playing with a toy horse on wheels, wearing white dress and red buckled shoes, she holds the blue cord of the base of the toy in both hands, a horse whip in her right hand.
Pencil and watercolour on paper (Whatman, 1794), signed on the obverse and dated R. Dighton. 1801, gilded wood frame, part of an old label on the reverse reads Princess/ Charlotte/ Augt. 1801/ 23.
Rectangular, 205mm (8 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Princess Charlotte of Wales was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. Had she outlived her father and her grandfather, King George III, she would have become Queen, but she died following childbirth at the age of 21.

    Charlotte's parents disliked each other prior to their arranged marriage and quickly separated. Prince George left most of Charlotte's care to governesses and servants, but only allowed her limited contact with Princess Caroline, who eventually left the country. As Charlotte grew to adulthood, her father pressured her to marry William, Hereditary Prince of Orange, but after initially accepting him, Charlotte soon broke off the engagement. This resulted in an extended contest of wills between father and daughter, and finally the Prince of Wales permitted her to marry Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later Leopold I of Belgium). After a year and a half of happy marriage, Charlotte died after giving birth to a stillborn son.

    Charlotte's death set off tremendous mourning among the British, who had seen her as a sign of hope and a contrast both to her unpopular father and to her grandfather, whom they deemed mad. As she had been King George III's only legitimate grandchild, there was considerable pressure on the King's unwed sons to marry. King George III's fourth son, Edward, Duke of Kent, fathered the eventual heir, Queen Victoria.
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