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Prince Augustus Frederick (1773–1843)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of the Duke of Sussex, seated on the President’s chair of the Royal Society, the red leather upholstery surmounted by the Society’s coat-of-arms. Sussex is turned slightly to the right as viewed. On a table to the left rests a portfolio of papers and the Society’s silver gilt mace. The table is covered by a blue cloth edged with a gold fringe. Sussex wears a black velvet suit with matching tasselled cap, knee breeches and grey silk stockings. On his left leg is the garter with the motto partly visible ('Honi soit qui mal y pense'). He wears the Order of the Garter star and blue ribbon with an additional red ribbon from the neck, from which hangs the oval medallion of Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath. Beneath these a white high-collared shirt and waistcoat, the latter colourfully embroidered.

The Royal Society

London

Title

Prince Augustus Frederick (1773–1843)

Date

c.1838

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 143.9 x W 113 cm

Accession number

RS.9740

Acquisition method

presented or bequeathed by the Duke of Sussex (?), mid-19th C

Work type

Painting

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The Royal Society

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