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photoblog image King George III in Weymouth

King George III in Weymouth

In November 1788, George III became mentally unstable, precipitating a Regency crisis. But just as George, Prince of Wales, was about to take power as Regent, the King recovered. However, the King was not completely better. Dr Crane, author of “Cursory Observations on Sea-Bathing”, advocated the benefits of sea air, sea bathing and even seawater drinking as a cure for a wide variety of ailments and was quick to recommend his home town of Weymouth as the best place for the King to convalesce.

King George III in Weymouth

In November 1788, George III became mentally unstable, precipitating a Regency crisis. But just as George, Prince of Wales, was about to take power as Regent, the King recovered. However, the King was not completely better. Dr Crane, author of “Cursory Observations on Sea-Bathing”, advocated the benefits of sea air, sea bathing and even seawater drinking as a cure for a wide variety of ailments and was quick to recommend his home town of Weymouth as the best place for the King to convalesce.

comments (15)

This is a very handsome sculpture of King George. Did the King get on well in Weymouth?
Lisl: He got on very well, until something unfortunate happened. The citizens wished to honour him by cutting his figure on horseback out of chalk on the nearby hillside (a bit like our white horses). They cut it with him facing away from Weymouth, and he took umbrage and never returned!
I see he was affected with flamboyancy also, I hope he recovered, I don't fancy drinking the sea water though...
Lisl: What a horrible thought, Frank. Flamboyancy?
Jolie sculpture très colorée.
Lisl: I think it has recently been restored, Martine
I declare! The things we learn on SC, Lisl. My daughter enjoys eating dried seaweed and most of us, of course, use sea salt. I suppose we'll have to learn more about the sea's gifts in the years ahead as we run out of what dry land offers?
Lisl: That's quite a thought, Ginnie
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:03
What an incredibly complex and wonderful statue this is. I doubt if brine cures anything frankly..
Lisl: I doubt if it helped, but just being there might have done the trick temporarily
Brine is great stuff as we know in Droitwich. Farmer George. The first Hanoverian who actually was both born here and spoke English as his first language
Lisl: Yes - it took quite a few years!
Handsome colored sculpture. Excellent framing
Lisl: Thank you, Marie - I was surprised to see the chimney tops when I looked at the picture
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:54
That looks to be in fine condition and no signs of pigeon poo. He has a fine view of the chimney pots. Thanks for your reply to Elizabeth; I had thought that that was the case.
Lisl: Just painted, I think, Alan. It's a wonder there isn't a Gull on top
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Jul 2018, 08:13
A fine sculpture and I like the way they have kept it painted Lisl.
Lisl: Weymouth is restoring its fine clock tower, too
This is a very good close-up shot of this statue Lisl, it is many years since I went to Weymouth.
Lisl: Thank you, Brian - I was actually some distance away. I go to Weymouth to the RSPB Reserves there at least once a year. Nice journey to train
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2018, 11:47
So many medicines that are good for a person taste awful. Since seawater also tastes awful, Dr Crane's remedy has potential.
Lisl: Fancy trying it, Louis?
This reminds me so much of the ceramic figurines you see sitting on fireplace mantles, Lisl. I believe there was a movie made depicting the madness of King George III.
Lisl: You are right about both, Beverly - I hadn't thought of either
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Jul 2018, 17:43
definitely a fine tribute

i know of some other leaders who need some medical attention for their unstable ways : - )
Lisl: Too close to home for you, sherri, perhaps?
Never been to Weymouth - except for the Massachusetts version smile
Lisl: A place I visit regularly for the two RSPB Reserves there, Tom
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2018, 00:56
This is a fabulous sculpture, you have captured it well.
Lisl: Thank you, Cherie - it has just been done up

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