WEST, Benjamin
(b. 1738, Springfield, d. 1820, London)

Portrait of Prince William and His Elder Sister, Princess Sophia

1779
Oil on canvas, 153 x 214 cm
Private collection

This painting is one of a group of portraits of members of the Royal Family painted by West between 1777 and 1784. It portrays Prince William (1776-1834), later 2nd Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, and his elder Sister, Princess Sophia (1773-1844) of Gloucester. They were the eldest children of William Duke of Gloucester, brother of King George III.

The painting was commissioned by West's royal patron George III as a token of his reconciliation with his brother and their family.




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