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

Sitter associated with 44 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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Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

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

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Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge

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