Portrait of George III as Prince of Wales

King George III

Pastel portrait of George as Prince of Wales by Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1754

The portrait of the young Prince George, who later became King George III (reign: 1760-1820), was painted by the Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard in 1754. The painting shows the young prince dressed in a royal coat. The portrait is notable for its informality and realism, capturing the natural grace and charm of the young prince. The portrait is now part of the Royal Collection Trust and is on display at Windsor Castle.

Born in Geneva, Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) was known for his pastel portraits and was a popular artist in the Georgian era. He was commissioned to paint portraits of the royal family, and this particular painting of Prince George was likely commissioned by his mother, Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

The Swiss painter also worked in a number of European cities, including Vienna, Paris, and Rome.