The Prince and Princess of Wales: Two Eighteenth-Century Portraits at Columbia University
For more than fifty years, two large royal portraits have hung high on the south wall of the main reading room of Butler Library. Donated by Edmund Astley Prentis in 1949, they were presented to Columbia as portraits by unknown artists of King George II and his wife. New research by the author shows they are in fact portraits of their son and daughter-in-law, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Frederick Louis and Augusta, the future parents of King George III. This essay discusses these portraits in more detail, including the identity of the painters and the discovery of a signature and date on one.
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