These drawings relate to King George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822. When the King arrived at Holyrood he went to the Presence Chamber, where he was presented with the Regalia of Scotland. He wears the uniform of a Field-Marshall and the green ribbon of the Order of the Thistle.
The figures in the second picture might have been seen during the King's arrival at Holyrood on 15th August. This event was to become the subject of Wilkie's painting The Entrance of George IV at Holyrood House, 1823-30 (Royal Collection and a preliminary study in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery).
The third group of figures were to be found in the ante-rooms and passages of Holyrood while the King was in residence. The Royal Company of Archers formed the Royal bodyguard in Scotland. Beefeaters, or Yeomen of the Guard were their counterpart on all other occassions.
We are grateful to Professor Hamish Miles for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.