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George Stubbs (1724-1806)

George IV (1762-1830), when Prince of Wales Signed and dated 1791

Oil on canvas | 102.6 x 127.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 400142

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The Prince of Wales is here presented as a man of fashion, riding his magnificent chestnut horse in London’s Hyde Park. He wears a blue cutaway frock-coat with buff breeches, the ‘uniform’ of members of the Whig Opposition led by Charles James Fox (1749–1806). The tall hat, curled and powdered hair, starched white cravat and soft leather boots were also fashionable at the time.