CHARLOTTE AUGUSTA, Princess (1796–1817). Wax relief portrait.

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CHARLOTTE AUGUSTA, Princess [Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales] (1796–1817). A fine relief profile portrait in white wax of a lady facing left (c. 80 com high), on black back painted glass mounted within a black lacquered frame 160 x 170mm with a circular brass window surround, and with a gilt brass acorn suspender. On the reverse is a small 20th C label reading "Lent by Capt Ingram No.30". The wax portrait has two fractures to the neck area and a small crack to the right truncation.

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. She married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg (1790–1865) on 2 May 1816. Had she outlived both her grandfather King George III and her father, she would have become Queen of the United Kingdom, but she died on the morning of 6 November 1817, aged 21, after giving birth to a stillborn son.

This profile portrait in wax has echoes of George Dawe’s oil portrait of 1817, and the features suggest it was taken circa 1816-17. It is a finely executed portrait which may be the work of Catharine Andras (1775-1860) who in 1801 was appointed Modeller in Wax to Queen Charlotte (Princess Charlotte’s grandmother) and is known to have first executed a wax portrait of Princess Charlotte in 1802, aged 6 years.

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