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William IV portrait engraving mezzotint Bowyer

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William IV


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Original antique portrait print


His Most Gracious Majesty, King William the Fourth'. 'Proof', published by Bowyer Parkes in 1830. William IV (1765-1837) ruled from 1830-37. He succeeded to the throne just as the campaign for Parliamentary reform reached its peak. He reluctantly created the extra Whig peers needed to pass the Reform Act in 1832. On his death, Victoria his niece became queen. Despite having ten illegitimate children from his twenty-year relationship with Mrs Jordan, William had no heir from his official marriage to Princess Adelaide. Richard Bowyer (1758-1834) was 'Portrait Painter in Watercolours to His Majesty'. David Lucas (1820-81) was a highly regarded mezzotinter famous for his collaboration with John Constable.

Additional Information

artist David Lucas after R Bowyer
method Mezzotint
date 1830
size 600mm by 470mm (platemark)
SKU PT1116