Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767-1820)

Artist/Maker HENRY EDRIDGE A.R.A (1768-1821)
Dimensions 2.00" high   
Description Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767-1820) wearing Guards uniform with sword-belt plate of the Royal Scots and Star of the Garter
in gold frame, set in the original red leather case with trade label and written inscription H.R.H/ The Prince Edward/Duke of Kent/ and Earl of Strathearn/ To Captain Copeland R.N/ this Portrait of /His Father’s Royal Paton/ and/ Benevolent Friend/ was the Kind Gift/ of / Her Royal Highness/ His Princess Augusta/ Monday Oct 24/ 1836

This was probably painted to celebrate the Prince’s creation as Duke of Kent and Strathearn in April, 1799. There is another version of this in Her Majesty the Queen’s Collection by Edridge and an enamel copy by William Bate signed and dated 1810

Prince Edward was the 4th son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria. He was appointed a General and commander-in-chief of British forces in North America. On 23 March 1802 he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar and nominally retained that post until his death. The Duke of Kent was appointed Field-Marshal of the Forces on 3 September 1805. He was the first member of the royal family to live in North America for more than a short visit (1791–1800) and the first prince to enter the United States (travelling to Boston by foot from Lower Canada after independence (1794).
On June 27th, 1792, Edward is credited with the first use of the term "Canadian" to mean both French and English settlers in Upper and Lower Canada. The Prince used the term in an effort to quell a riot between the two groups at a polling station in Charlesbourg, Lower Canada.
Provenance H.R.H. Princess Augusta, the second daughter to George III and Prince Edward’s sister, to
Captain Copeland; Christie’s, London 18 June, 1974
Exhibitions London, D.S. Lavender (Antiques) Ltd., The Monarchy in Portrait Miniatures from Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria, 1993, no. 105 (Private Collection)
Literature Richard Walker, Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, the 18th and early 19th Century, p. 320 no. 806
Signed signed on trade label
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition good
Ref No. 2596
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