Queen Charlotte

Enamel portrait plaques of Kin

Enamel portrait plaques of King George III and Queen Charlotte, painted by William Hopkins Craft, 1773

Length: 33.000 cm
Width: 28.000 cm

M&ME 1891,2-17,16;M&ME 1891,2-17,17

Queen Charlotte was married to King George III of England for 50 years and they had 15 children. George III was sometimes ill in the head, when Charlotte had to look after him and the household. Apart from that, she did not hold any real power of her own.

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William Hopkins Craft, who painted these pictures, has shown the King and Queen wearing Roman clothes and in a classical landscape. The potter Josiah Wedgewood sought Queen Charlotte's patronage for his creamware (cream-coloured earthenware) and named it 'Queen's Ware' in her honour. It is still known by this name today.

On display: Room 46: Europe 1400-1800