George (1762–1830), Prince of Wales, later George IV, was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England, one of two governing bodies of Freemasonry in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, from 1790 to 1813. In this portrait he is wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, the highest chivalric order in the United Kingdom. This portrait is a replacement of the one that was destroyed in a fire at Freemasons’ Hall, London in 1883. The destroyed portrait was by Matthew William Peters (1742–1814), Grand Portrait Painter, and was itself a copy of an original by Joshua Reynolds.
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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1885