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His Royal Highness Prince Edward
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Faber the Younger (c.1684-1756) after Wilson
His Royal Highness Prince Edward
320 x 225 mm (trimmed)
12 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.
Portrait as a boy, three-quarter length in an oval, in profile to left, wearing a decorated coat with large cuffs and a sash and star, gesturing to the left with his tricorn under his arm, right hand on his hip, hair curled at the ears and tied at the nape; after Wilson; with sash and star added.
1902 bequeathed by William Meriton Eaton, 2nd Baron Cheylesmore.
Lettered below the image:
[1] Upper left: Richd. Wilson Pinxt.
[2] Upper right: J. Faber fecit 1751.
[3] Centre: Done from the Original in the Possession of the Revd. Dr. Ayscough
[4] Centre: His Royal Highness Prince Edward.
[5] Lower centre: Born 14 March 1738/9. [inscription line trimmed away]
Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany and Bishop of Osnabruck, second son of Frederick Prince of Wales.
[1] Anonymous, in reverse, British Museum Mm,15.98
[2] E6 Andrew Miller, Fitzwilliam P.96-1952
P24 Dr Francis Ayscough with the Prince of Wales and Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, National Portrait Gallery, London
P24A Prince George and Prince Edward Augustus, Sons of Frederick, Prince of Wales, with their Tutor Dr. Francis Ayscough, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
P24B Richard Wilson and Studio, George III and the Duke of York, Tate, London
The original painting has disappeared. It was companion to the lost Portrait of George III as Prince of Wales (see E5, E5B, E5A) and probably painted the same year. An engraved portrait of Prince Edward by J.S. Miller (Müller) and by two anonymous engravers all derive from the same painting.
Chaloner Smith, vol. 1, p. 342, cat. 120; Russell, vol. 2, p. 87, no. 120 (state II or III); WGC, pl. 7c.