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Reference number

SM (1) volume 60/19 (2) volume 60/20 (3) volume 60/21 (4) volume 60/22 (5) volume 60/23

Purpose

Preliminary designs for an allegorical painting for illuminations for the King's recovery, 1789 (5)

Aspect

1 View of the City of London guiding Britannia's triumphal chariot 2 View of the King conducted to the temple / by devotion & gratitude 3 View of the godess Hygeia crowning the king in the temple 4 View of Britannia triumphant in a carr drawn by four horses 5 View of Fame supporting the medalion of the king & Immortality inscribing / his name

Inscribed

1 The genius of Britain seated in her Triumphal carr / preceded by the City of London with her attendants Commerce & Liberality 2 as above, - the emblematical / figure of the city of London receiving him at the porch 3 as above, Britannia beholding his / recovery with gratitude - attended by the figure / of hope, the boys above, Love & Loyalty 4 as above, surrounded with the genus genius ? see drawing 1 of plenty. The figures encircling / the carr are the City of London & the other principal / cities most conspicuous for this Loyal address 5 as above, or Fame unveiling the medalion sic ? of his Majesty & Immortality / inscribing his name, (capitals) George / III

Signed and dated

(1, 5) Hamilton

Hand

(1-5) William Hamilton (1751-1801)

Notes

William Hamilton designed the transparent paintings for the Bank's illuminations in celebration of King George III's recovery from illness. Drawing 6 shows only one of these paintings (derived from drawing 1) on display on the front of the Bank. The allegorical images could be a sequence that was intended to be displayed, or alternative images to be presented to Soane for his design. William Hamilton was a member of the Royal Academy and exhibited there from 1774 to 1801.

Level

Drawing

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