25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*ATTRIBUTED TO SIMON DE KOSTER (1767-1831) GEORGE IV AS PRINCE OF WALES pastel, oval 78
cm by 61 cm; 30 in by 24 in framed Provenance Sir John Macpherson Anthony Lambert with Oscar and Peter Johnson in 1971 (as attributed to John Russell) London, Sotheby's 29 November 1973, lot 82 (as by John Russell). Literature N.Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, J.4348.105, on-line edition, (no.J 64.1596 under John Russell R.A. and no.J.4348.105 under Simon de Koster) Engraved By S.W. Reynolds, 1794, with alterations to the uniform. This important portrait, dating from c.1793-1794, shows George, Prince of Wales in the uniform of the 10th Light Dragoons (the Prince of Wales's Own). He had joined the regiment in 1783 and in January 1793 became Colonel-Commandant. The identity of the artist is confirmed by the engraving of 1794 after a portrait "Painted in crayons by S de Koster". The artist Simon de Koster was born in Middleburg and moved to London in 1788 when he was a young man of 21 years. His clientele in England included such famous figures as Charles James Fox, Warren Hastings, Admiral Howe and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, whose portraits he painted in pastel. Many of these appear to have been made in preparation for engravings and they are only known from the engravings. The present portrait corresponds exactly with the Samuel Reynolds engraving with the exception of the uniform. It seems likely that Reynolds decided to alter the original uniform when working on his engraving. We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his help in cataloguing this lot.