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A portrait miniature of His Royal Highness William Frederick, The 2nd Duke of Gloucester (1776-1834)

£ 4,500

Artist: William Wood

Wearing undress uniform with the Star of the Garter
Signed and dated 1807-08 on the reverse, Set in a gold frame, the reverse with locks of brown plaited hair within gold mount studded with gold pellets on blue glass (minor chip)

This miniature was painted at the request of Sir William Beechey, for Wood to copy two of his paintings of the Duke of Gloucester, the father and he son, as miniatures.

William was a great-grandson of King George II and nephew and son-in-law of King George III. He was the son of William Henry Hanover, 1st Duke of Gloucester by his marriage, to the widowed Maria Countess of Waldegrave (nee Walpole) In 1816 he married Mary, his cousin and a daughter of George III and in his turn became 2nd Duke of Gloucester in 1805 on the death of his father.

William entered the army with the rank of colonel the age of thirteen in 1789, and was rapidly promoted further through the ranks: he was made major-general at twenty, lieutenant-general in twenty-three, general at thirty-two, and field marshal by the time he was forty. His rather comical appearance made him the butt of cartoonists, to whom he was known as Slice of Gloucester and Cheese.
More Information
Year                 1807/08
Medium                 watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed and dated on the reverse
Condition                 Minor chip to the blue glass on the reverse
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