Spotlight On: Charlotte Portrait

May 23, 2010

The only child of George IV and the potential queen of the United Kingdom, Princess Charlotte’s death (during childbirth) holds incredible significance for its time. Many items were commissioned upon her death, as with all royal memorials; this included household items to personal accessories and mementoes.

This particular memorial print is decorated with gilt coronet and black lacquer. The black truly brings out the stark nature of its mourning intent and is the fundamental motif that carries through subsequent pictorial memorials.

Courtesy: Simon Millard
Country: England
Year: c. November 1817
Dedication: Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

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