King George III

by Benjamin West (1738—1820)

Oil on canvas; 255.3 × 182.9 cm (100.5 × 72 in). Royal Collection Trust, London, England.

by Joshua Reynolds (1723—92)

Oil on canvas; 2774 x 1855 mm. Royal Academy of Arts, London, England.

by Thomas Gainsborough (1727—88)

Oil on canvas; 238.8 × 158.7 cm (94 × 62.5 in). Royal Collection Trust, Buckingham Palace, London, England.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas.

by Allan Ramsay (1713—84)

Oil on canvas. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

by Allan Ramsay (1713—84)

Oil on canvas; 53.5 x 79 cm. Private Collection.

by Johann Zoffany (1733—1810)

Oil on canvas; 163.2 x 137.3 cm. Royal Collection Trust, London, England.

by William Beechey (1753—1839)

Oil on canvas; 92 in. x 57 in. (2337 mm x 1448 mm). National Portrait Gallery, London, England.

[George] Mason’s obvious legacy is in his contribution to America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence through the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Constitution through his role at the Philadelphia Convention, and the Bill of Rights through his dogged opposition to a Constitution without one. Mason may have taken a circumscribed view of the rights he advocated — limiting the right of representation to white men or restricting freedom of the press to a ban on prior restraint — but he put words on paper that could be given more expansive meanings by later generations.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)