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Plaque of George IV

This earthenware plaque commemorates George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822. It was possibly made by Rathbone of Portobello.

In the centre of the plaque there is a moulded bust of George IV in military uniform.

Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832, orchestrated the royal visit of George IV to Scotland in 1822. The event caused a revival in Scottish dress and customs.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-967-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 74
Date: 1822
Material: Earthenware, glazed. Inscription: WELCOME / KING (? GEORGE) IV
Dimensions: 178 mm x 147 mm (frame)
What: Plaque
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: George IV
Rathbone, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Description: Rectangular plaque of coloured glazed earthenware with a moulded bust of George IV in military uniform in centre, commemorating his visit to Scotland in 1822, made by Rathbone of Portobello
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1971: a bicentenary exhibition organised by the Court of Session, Faculty of Advocates and the National Library of Scotland, Parliament House, Edinburgh, 15th Aug - 11th Sept. 1971 Edinburgh: HMSO, 1971
  • Scott, Paul Henderson. Walter Scott and Scotland. Edinburgh: Wm. Blackwood, 1981
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