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HRH William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1743–1805)

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The younger brother of King George III, Prince William Henry was created Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh and Earl of Connaught in 1764. He wanted to pursue an active military career, but neither his physical stamina nor his mental capacity were sufficient to carry a commander’s position on active service. Nevertheless, he became Colonel of several regiments and was made a field marshal in 1793. During the War of Bavarian Succession (1777–1779), he longed to serve under Prince Frederick (later Frederick II) of Prussia, but his request was declined.

National Army Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    231 x 139.5 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1984-04-167

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Earl of Inchape with aid from the Art Fund, 1984


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