[His Royal Highness Prince William Henry. Serving as Midshipman on board His Majesty's Ship Prince George.]
Publish'd as the Act Directs Jan.y 15 1782 by A. Poggi No.4 Orchard Street, Portman Square.
Etching and aquatint in sepia, rare; sheet 565 x 445mm (22¼ x 18¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; creases and tears, some professionally repaired.
King William IV (1765-1837) when a prince. Prince William was sent into the Royal Navy at the age of thirteen, 'chiefly to prevent him from falling under the influence of his eldest brother, George' (Oxford DNB). He joined the (ironically named) 98-gun ship 'Prince George' in 1779 as a midshipman, an event commemorated here. After a portrait (c.1781) by Benjamin West, the American artist later to become President of the Royal Academy. The print was made by Francesco Bartolozzi and Paul Sandby, both printmakers with strong connections to the Hanoverian monarchy.
De Vesme 926 ii/iii.
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