George II (1683-1760) – King of Great Britain and Ireland
In 1701 the Parliament of England passed the Act of Settlement, “which decreed, … that the crown was to pass to Sophia, electress of Hanover and granddaughter of James I [first Stuart King of England (1603-1625)] and “to the heirs of her body being Protestants”. The act was thus responsible for the accession of Sophia`s son George I in 1714 – notwithstanding the claims of 57 persons closer by the rules of inheritance than Sophia and George.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)
George II was the only son of George I (reigned 1714-1727), he was the second monarch of the House of Hanover and the last British monarch who was not born in Britain. He could not and was not confident in the role of Great Britain King, first of all because he spoke English with strong guttural accent. But he was lucky with his ministers and relied on them heavily. He loved military passionately and became the last British monarch who lead the troops in the battle of war. His late reign can not be characterized as the active participating in politics; but it was the period when British power in Europe and its influence overseas grew very rapidly (India, North America).
Created: April, 2009
Height: 24 cm
Material: artificial clay (air-hardening sculpting material), wire, fabric
Costume: three layers of clothing
© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA