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Inscribed to reverse ‘Published by T.Hamlet 1 Jan 1823’
Sizes: 29cm high - 11½ ins high and 28cm high - 11 ins high
Known as the ‘Prince of Pleasure’ during the years of his regency from 1811 to 1820 George IV was crowned King on July 19th 1821, and his coronation was a truly magnificent affair. Nothing was spared. At midnight, all the church bells of London pealed and guns roared and continued to do so every half hour. Westminster Abbey was decorated in crimson cloth and fitted out with boxes, galleries and benches as if a giant playhouse. The King wore a 27 foot train of red velvet emblazoned with gold stars, with a black Spanish hat with huge plumes of white ostrich feathers, and the curls of his wig fell gracefully over his forehead. His coronation coat had cost 3½ times as much as later did that of Queen Victoria, but for George IV now able to wear anything he had ever fancied, the show was well worth it. The painter Benjamin Robert Haydon described the scene: ‘The way in which the King bowed was really royal. As he looked towards the peeresses and foreign Ambassadors he showed like some gorgeous bird of the East.’