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Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), Army officer

Sitter associated with 46 portraits
Prince George was the only son of Adolphus Frederick, the youngest son of King George III. After brief service in the Hanoverian Army, he became a colonel in the British Army in 1837. At the beginning of the Crimean War, he commanded the 1st Division and by the end of the war had taken part in all the major battles, although he was not seen as a particularly distinguished leader. After the war, he was promoted to general (1856), field marshal (1862) and commander-in-chief in 1887. The government wished to implement army reform, including the abolition of his position. The Duke resisted pressure to resign for several years until the Queen advised him to leave in 1895.

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x197496

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by Maull & Polyblank
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG x197496

x9113

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published July 1888
NPG x9113

Ax197505

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1890
NPG Ax197505

Ax16008

Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16008