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His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, &c. &c. &c. 1755.
His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, &c. &c. &c. 1755. To Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales This plate is humbly Dedicated by Her Royal Highness's most Obedient and most devoted Servant, Adolphe.
Adolphe Pinxit. B.Baron Sculpsit.
Very rare engraving, fine impression. 635 x 480mm (25 x 19"). Trimmed to plate on three sides, repaired tear entering image on right. Some creasing centre bottom.
An equestrian portrait of George, Prince of Wales, engraved by Bernard Baron after Josef Anton Adolph, five years before he became King George III. At the horse's feet is an African with the crown and ermine of the monarchy. The dedication is to Princess Augusta, widow of George's father Frederick, who would have been king if he had not died from a burst abscess in the lung in 1751. Adolph was born in Nikolsburg, Austria, and studied at the Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Vienna. He visited Paris in 1745, and by 1750 he was working in London, where he had a successful career painting life-size portraits of distinguished aristocratic families. Adolph's technique and style developed during his period in Britain. His later portraits are less stiff, and display a more accomplished understanding of elegant gesture. By 1769, Adolph had returned to Austria, where he continued to enjoy the patronage of the wealthy and the eminent, including the Archbishops of Ölmuz at Kremsier.
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