William Hamlet the Elder (British, active 1785-1816) A full-length silhouette of George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801) and King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) on horseback, profile to the left, wearing boots, breeches and coat bearing the breast star of the Order of the Garter, epaulette and cross-belt bearing rectangular regimental belt-plate, his sheathed sword at his thigh, the reins to his horse in his left hand and a whip in his right
Lot 77
William Hamlet the Elder
(British, active 1785-1816)
A full-length silhouette of George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801) and King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) on horseback, profile to the left, wearing boots, breeches and coat bearing the breast star of the Order of the Garter, epaulette and cross-belt bearing rectangular regimental belt-plate, his sheathed sword at his thigh, the reins to his horse in his left hand and a whip in his right
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 3,531) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
William Hamlet the Elder (British, active 1785-1816)
A full-length silhouette of George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801) and King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) on horseback, profile to the left, wearing boots, breeches and coat bearing the breast star of the Order of the Garter, epaulette and cross-belt bearing rectangular regimental belt-plate, his sheathed sword at his thigh, the reins to his horse in his left hand and a whip in his right.
Painted on the reverse of glass, gilt-wood frame bearing trade label no. 2 to the reverse.
Rectangular, 275mm (10 13/16in) high
Provenance: By descent to the present vendor through his 4 x great aunt, Jane Gomm (1753-1822).

Footnotes

  • Together with her 'beloved friend', Martha Goldsworthy (d.1816), Jane Gomm was a sub-governess to the daughters of George III. The present and subsequent lots were gifted to Gomm by the King. She entered Royal service in 1786 and her responsibilities were most closely associated with Princesses Mary and Sophia (M. A. Beatty, The English Royal Family of America, from Jamestown to the American Revolution, 2003, p.220).

    George III's reign, which exceeded that of any previous British monarch, was marked by a series of military conflicts, most notably the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. He married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818) on 8 September 1761 at Westminster Abbey and the couple had fifteen children: nine sons and six daughters. In later life, George III suffered from recurrent and eventually permanent mental illness until his death in 1820. Of George III's fifteen children, two became British monarchs (George IV and William IV) and another became King of Hanover (Ernest Augustus I). Several of his children were frequently at the centre of Royal scandal: both George IV and William IV were notoriously unfaithful to their wives, each reported to have fathered many illegitimate children, whilst Ernest Augustus I was rumoured to have murdered his valet and fathered a son by his sister, Princess Sophia.
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