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

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

1807 United Kingdom

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Wearing undress uniform with the Star of the Garter
Set in a gold frame, the reverse with locks of brown plaited hair within gold mount studded with gold pellets on blue glass

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.
(minor chip) to the blue glass on the reverse
Dimensions
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Stock Code
5249
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
Signed and dated 1807-08 on the reverse
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