Henry Edridge (British, 1769-1821) George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801-1820), wearing Windsor uniform and breast star of the Order of the Garter, frilled chemise and stock, his close-fitting powdered wig tied with ribbon
Lot 30Y Ф
Henry Edridge
(British, 1769-1821)
George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801-1820), wearing Windsor uniform and breast star of the Order of the Garter, frilled chemise and stock, his close-fitting powdered wig tied with ribbon
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,600 - 2,400
amended

Lot Details
Henry Edridge (British, 1769-1821)
George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801-1820), wearing Windsor uniform and breast star of the Order of the Garter, frilled chemise and stock, his close-fitting powdered wig tied with ribbon.
Watercolour on ivory, painted en grisaille, gilt-mounted with crown cresting on an oval velvet mount.
Oval, 73mm (2 7/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Between 1802-1803, Henry Edridge spent time at Windsor Castle painting small full-length watercolour portraits of the Royal family. Those of George III and Queen Charlotte were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803. The present lot would appear to be a reduced version of the King's full-length watercolour portrait which George IV purchased from Colnaghi on 5 September 1821 for £16 16s (Inv. No.RCIN 913864). A rectangular miniature in full colour on ivory, signed and dated 1803 is also held by the Royal Collection (see R. Walker, Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen: The Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, 1992, ill.p.320, no.805).

    George III, son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, became the heir to the throne of his grandfather, George II (1683-1760). The first Hanoverian to be born in England and to speak English as his first language, George succeeded his grandfather in 1760 and the following year, he married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (1744-1818). The union proved to be a very happy one and the couple produced fifteen children. Essentially conservative in his views, the new King's reign was marred by political instability, which culminated most disastrously in the loss of the American colonies in 1776. Nevertheless, he remained popular with his people, who nicknamed him 'Farmer George' for his passionate interest in agriculture. During the latter part of the 1780s, he became ill with what is now recognised as porphyria, an illness which produced signs of insanity. Although he recovered from his initial attack, the King eventually became permanently deranged and spent the last decade of his life in seclusion at Windsor, blind, deaf and immobile, whilst his son ruled as Regent.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
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