King George II at Dettingen

The artist John Wootton was honoured by King George II when he was chosen to commemorate his leadership of the army at the battle of Dettingen in 1743. Although the King spent much of the battle on foot he is depicted as riding his horse who was obviously forgiven for embarrassing His Majesty by bolting and taking his rider to the rear of the army. The other figures in the painting are the Duke of Cumberland, the King's youngest son, and the Earl of Holderness. This was the last time that a British monarch led the army in battle.

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