Rare 18th Century English Miniature Painting/ Old Master Portrait Of King George For Sale
18th Century English Miniature Painting on Copper ~ Rare and Early Portrait of a King~
"George the 2nd - Prince of Wales"
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Painting - 3" x 3.75" (7.6 cm x 9.5 - 3.75" x 4.75" (9,5 cm x 12.2 cm)
Fine and early miniature portrait painting of a young King George II, as the Prince of Wales. Unsigned but executed in the old master style.
Oil on an oval copper sheet. Framed in the original gilded bronze oval frame.
Early 18th century. Possibly circa 1710 - 1720's.
This painting is unsigned, as far as I can see, but lightly inscribed into the back of the copper oval support, by hand, reads: "George the 2nd, Prince of Wales" (see close-up photo).
The portrait depicts King George while still young, before he became King, while he was still the Prince of Wales. His hair is still red and the portrait resembles several known portraits of George in his youth.
The early copper support, style of painting, and early frame point towards this being a very early painting, possibly from life and almost certainly during George's lifetime. I have found no other paintings that this could have been derived from, so it may very well be a unique and historic image.
The brushwork, composition, and expressive depiction of the subject show that this work was painted by a professional artist of period.
Good antique condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted: The painting is in it's original state and has never been restored.Small losses and crazing - craquelure to the painted surface. Very dark aged patina to the back of the oval copper sheet. The painting could use a cleaning and restoration by a conservator experienced with old master miniatures, or it should be left as is.
The frame is in fair condition, as shown,with light wear to the gilding on the front. The back shows that many of the original triangular tabs, used to hold the painting and glass to the frame, are now missing. There are several newer rectangular tabs attached. The oval glass is old, but possibly not original.
George II (George Augustus) 1683 - 1760, was King of Great Britain and Ireland from June 1727 until his death.
George was the last British monarch born outside Great Britain: he was born and brought up in northern Germany. In 1714, his father George I, Elector of Hanover, inherited the British throne upon the death of Queen Anne, and he became the Prince of Wales. When his father died in 1727 he became King.
George II, at the age of 60, was the last British sovereign to fight alongside his soldiers, at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 in Germany, against the French. The King's eldest son, Frederick, died in 1751. George's grandson therefore inherited the throne, on George's death in 1760.
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This painting will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Miniature Portraits and will display beautifully in any Georgian, Victorian, Classical, Neoclassical or British Arts and Crafts decor.
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Rare 18th Century English Miniature Painting/ Old Master Portrait Of King George: $455