George IV Portrait Plaque
Published by Samuel Parker of Argyll Place,London, this was intended to one of a whole series of "Great Men of the Present Age."The other figures icluded George Canning and Walter Scott were only ever issued in miniature.
Samuel Parker (fl. 1820-1839), Argyll Street, "bronzist" to George III; his work included the pair of metal gates to the Marble Arch, which he designed and executed at a cost of 3,000 guineas. The arch originally served as the chief entrance to Buckingham Palace before being moved to Hyde Park. John Nash re-designed the palace in 1828 for George IV and Parker was also responsible for the elaborate gilded bronze balustrade for the grand staircase.
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