George IV Portrait Relief, 1824
George IV Portrait Relief, 1824
George IV Portrait Relief, 1824
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George IV Portrait Relief, 1824

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Overall: 19.3cm (7.75in) x 18.5cm (7.3in)

Polished bronze. Uniface portrait of King George IV by Stothard after Chantrey. Published by S. Parker, XII Argyll Place, London. Diameter 12.5cm (5in). Contained in a polished ebonised contemporary frame.

Samuel Parker, Jr. was born into a family that supplied George IV with chandeliers, patent lamps, candlearms and lanterns. Parker worked with his father and brother for a time but by 1820 he had moved to 35 Argyll Street and set up on his own account as a bronze manufacturer. From 1824 onwards he had a workshop at 12 Argyll Place, in addition to the Argyll Street house. In spite of his apparent success Parker found himself in financial difficulties and he was declared bankrupt in 1832. At that time he was still executing work for Buckingham Palace and a considerable number of ornaments for the drawing room chimneypieces had yet to be cast. Parker refused to give up the models and these chimneypieces and overmantels appear to have been abandoned.