Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820)
oil on canvas, Framed - h:152.00 w:127.00 d:9.50 cm (h:59 13/16 w:50 d:3 11/16 inches)
Unframed - h:126.50 w:101.00 cm (h:49 3/4 w:39 3/4 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Robbins 1952.17
King George III commissioned more than 80 paintings from West, including this portrait that celebrates his military leadership by presenting him in a suit of armor. Such an image likely was intended to bolster George III's reputation, which had been tarnished the previous year when he was forced to formally recognize American independence.