NPG Number
2503
Mkey
2463
Sitter/Title
King George IV
Qualifier
after
Artist(s)
SirThomasLawrence
Date made
circa 1815, based on a work of 1815
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
king george iv

2463

2503

King George IV

after

Sir Thomas Lawrence

circa 1815, based on a work of 1815

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Prince Regent first sat to Thomas Lawrence in 1814 when {Charles William Vane-Stewart|mp02783} commissioned this portrait. Until then the Prince had favoured other artists, as Lawrence was associated with {Queen Caroline|mp00767}. The artist turned the 300-pound, 53-year-old Prince into an immaculate, wind-swept hero in the field marshal's uniform he so loved. {William Hazlitt|mp02110} observed that 'Lawrence has with the magic of his pencil recreated the Prince Regent as a well-fleshed Adonis of thirty-three.'