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Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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The eldest son of George II and father of George III, he first came to England in 1728. On notoriously bad terms with his parents, he died in 1751 before he could succeed to the throne leaving his son to be crowned George III in 1760. A considerable patron of both painting and music. Frederick, Prince of Wales did not move to England until 1728. The following year he appointed the German-born Philip Mercier (1691–1760) as his 'Principal Portrait Painter'.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on canvas


H 123.8 x W 100.3 cm

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Bequeathed by Miss Lillie Belle Randell, 1931. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

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