NPG Number
3086
Mkey
1251
Sitter/Title
Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
SamuelPercy
Date made
1814
Medium
coloured wax relief
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
princess charlotte augusta of wales

1251

3086

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

by

Samuel Percy

1814

coloured wax relief

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Soon after the Prince of Wales's appointment as Regent in 1811, it was decided that his only daughter should marry and start a family. Percy's wax sculpture is signed and dated 1814. This was the year that Princess Charlotte came of age and her father announced her engagement to the Dutch {Prince William of Orange|mp4837}. When the princess discovered that she would have to live half the year in Holland she called the marriage off, to her father's irritation. She married {Prince Leopold|mp2702} of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium in 1816. Princess Charlotte was a favourite subject for Samuel Percy. In 1817 he was officially appointed 'Wax Modeller to the Princess'.