In Honor of the King’s Birthday

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!

Drawing of George III of England as a small boy.

George III of England as a small boy. Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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

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