Yesterday was the birthday of George III. In honor of that, we bring you proof that the Georgian monarchs did not spring to life fully grown!
The drawing is of a small boy seated on the floor, reading, under a tent constructed from two chairs and some fabric. A banner bearing the initials ‘GR’ is to the left. A sword, dagger and gun lie on the floor and a bell is suspended above the boy’s head. An inscription records that the picture was taken from the life on Monday 6 July. The boy has been identified as Prince George, later George III. The drawing was probably made in 1747, when 6 July fell on a Monday, and therefore shows the Prince at the age of nine.
© Chuck Hudson 2015