Emily Knight

University of Oxford

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Emily Knight - University of Oxford

I am an art historian specialising in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British portraiture. I am currently researching posthumous portraiture during this period, considering the ways in which people expressed their grief and remembered the dead through art. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

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The Apotheosis of Princess Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales by Henry Howard, 1818

Why did the nation mourn Princess Charlotte's death in 1817?

Princess Charlotte Augusta was born on the 7th January 1796 to George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick. Charlotte’s life came to an abrupt end on the 6th November, 1817, after she endured an excruciating fifty-hour labour resulting in a stillborn child.

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