Michael Dahl

King George I

King George I by Michael Dahl

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Thackeray wrote of George I; 'A despot in Hanover, he was a moderate ruler in England. He was more than fifty-four years of age when he came amongst us: we took him because he served our turn, we laughed at his uncouth German ways, and sneered at him. He took our loyalty for what it was worth; laid hands on what money he could; kept us assuredly from Popery and wooden shoes.' Apparently his mistresses, secretaries, cooks and African slaves all had a share in the booty.

King George I
Production date
oil on canvas
1385 x 1151 x 70 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Willoughby Norrie, 1957
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International Art
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Not on display

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