View full screen - View 1 of Lot 48. Portrait of Prince William, later King William IV of Great Britain (1765–1837), when a midshipman, in naval uniform standing on the deck of HMS Prince George | 《身穿海軍服、站在威爾斯親王號戰艦上、時為見習船員的威廉王子肖像,後為英王威廉四世(1765–1837年)》.
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Benjamin West, P.R.A.

Portrait of Prince William, later King William IV of Great Britain (1765–1837), when a midshipman, in naval uniform standing on the deck of HMS Prince George | 《身穿海軍服、站在威爾斯親王號戰艦上、時為見習船員的威廉王子肖像,後為英王威廉四世(1765–1837年)》

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 GBP

The Property of Lord Digby, Minterne House

Benjamin West, P.R.A.

Benjamin West, P.R.A.

Portrait of Prince William, later King William IV of Great Britain (1765–1837), when a midshipman, in naval uniform standing on the deck of HMS Prince George | 《身穿海軍服、站在威爾斯親王號戰艦上、時為見習船員的威廉王子肖像,後為英王威廉四世(1765–1837年)》

Portrait of Prince William, later King William IV of Great Britain (1765–1837), when a midshipman, in naval uniform standing on the deck of HMS Prince George | 《身穿海軍服、站在威爾斯親王號戰艦上、時為見習船員的威廉王子肖像,後為英王威廉四世(1765–1837年)》

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 GBP

Lot sold:

302,400

GBP

The Property of Lord Digby, Minterne House

Benjamin West, P.R.A.

Springfield, PA 1738 - 1820 London

Portrait of Prince William, later King William IV of Great Britain (1765–1837), when a midshipman, in naval uniform standing on the deck of HMS Prince George


inscribed, lower right: Portrait of K. William IV / Midshipman / on the Prince George / commanded By Admiral / R. Digby 1779 

and inscribed on a label, verso: Portrait of King William IV / as a Midshipman, when he joined / Admiral the Hon.ble Robert Digby's / ship the Prince George / June 1779 / (label torn) ..en to Admiral Digby by King Geo. III.

oil on canvas

53.5 x 43.2 cm.; 21 x 17 in.


明特恩莊園迪格比勳爵雅藏

班哲明・韋斯特

1738年生於賓夕法尼亞州斯普林菲爾德,1820年卒於倫敦

《身穿海軍服、站在威爾斯親王號戰艦上、時為見習船員的威廉王子肖像,後為英王威廉四世(1765–1837年)》


款識:藝術家題款Portrait of K. William IV / Midshipman / on the Prince George / commanded By Admiral / R. Digby 1779(右下)

油彩畫布

53.5 x 43.2 公分;21 x 17 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: Benjamin West Portrait of King William Oil on canvas, in a period carved gilt wood frame with some minor wear The canvas is lined and there is good adhesion between the canvas and the lining material. The paint layer is stable and secure and in very good original condition. There is a small repaired loss to the mast, to the right of the sitter's hat in the decking and in the sky, left, between the ships. Fine details are well preserved, including the more vulnerable details such as the rigging. The vigorous handling of the paint through the white clothing of the sitter is intact, with the impasted highlights of his buttons very slightly compromised. Removal of a degraded and discoloured varnish would significantly improve the tonal and chromatic values of the image. The painting presents well.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Commissioned by the sitter's father, King George III and given by him to his son's commanding office, Admiral Robert Digby (1732-1815);

By descent to his nephew, Admiral Sir Henry Digby (1770–1842);

By descent to his son, Edward Digby, 9th Baron Digby (1809-1889); 

Thence by descent.

H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven and London 1986, p. 476, no. 569 (as ‘location unknown’, reproduced from the Bartolozzi and Sandby aquatint engraving).

Engraved 

By Francesco Bartolozzi and Paul Sandby, published 15 January 1782.

London, Sotheby's, Rule Britannia, 1986, no. 74.