Joseph Coombs after Sir Thomas Lawrence
His Majesty King William the Fourth
14 x 19 inches
A full-length mezzotint portrait of William IV; engraved by Coombs after the portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence and published in London in 1834.
This portrait depicts the king in a parkland setting wearing civic dress, a top hat under one arm and a document in his right hand. The print is based upon an oil done in 1827 when the king was still the Duke of Clarence during the reign of his elder brother George IV. His reign followed the controversial reign of his brother and paved the way for what was to become the defining reign of the C19th; that of his niece, Queen Victoria.