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Conservation Campaign

Support the conservation of King George III

King George III was the longest serving King of England and his reign from 1760 to 1820 was one of the most eventful.  A patron of the arts and sciences, he appointed Allan Ramsay as Principal Painter in Ordinary to the Court.  This portrait shows the King in his coronation robes; it is one of the numerous replicas issued by the studio of Ramsay of the coronation portrait Ramsay painted in 1761.  The King commissioned the royal portraits to be given to ambassadors and colonial governors and many of these paintings found their way to Britain’s newly acquired colonial territories. 

Chairman’s Message

Bendigo Art Gallery acquired this significant work from a generous benefactor under the condition that the painting be displayed in the Bendigo Law Courts, where it hung for almost 20 years.  The painting deteriorated during that time, and has not been seen by the public since it was returned to the Gallery.

Bendigo Art Gallery would like to undertake conservation on this important painting. Extensive conservation is required to stabilise the work and to repair the paint losses and also the frame. 

We are seeking your support to raise $50,000 to complete the conservation.  Your contribution will enable the Gallery to display this impressive painting in the Gallery for the first time and will help to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. 

Thank you for supporting the Bendigo Art Gallery and making this conservation possible.

Garry Quinn, Chairman, Bendigo Art Gallery 

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The conservation of King George III video presentation. (15 minutes)

If you have any questions or wish to speak with someone about your donation please contact the Development Officer on (03) 5434 6084 or [email protected].  All donations over $2 are tax deductible.  Donation forms are also available at Reception.

Image: The Studio of Allan Ramsay King George III (detail) circa 1761 oil on canvas. Gift of JB King under the Cultural Gifts Program 1985.