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George III

William Buchy


This painting is a version of the official state portrait painted by the Scottish artist Allan Ramsay. George III (reigned 1760-1820) is dressed in ceremonial robes and wears the insignia of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of knighthood: the pendant of St. George, patron saint of England and of the Order, suspended from the chain; the Star, glimpsed on the left breast; and the Garter, visible on the left leg below the knee. The letters Y PENS wrapped around the garter are from the Order’s motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense (evil to him who evil thinks).

The policies of George III led to a number of military conflicts, including the American Revolutionary War.

  • Titles George III (reigned 1760-1820) (Label Display)
  • Artist William Buchy, English, 1713 - 1784
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 94 1/4 × 57 9/16 in. (239.4 × 146.2 cm) frame: 111 1/4 × 75 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (282.6 × 191.8 × 12.1 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Spencer, Jr., 1959.116
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings