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King Edward VII (1841-1910), Reigned 1901-1910

Sitter associated with 447 portraits
Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria but she favoured his brother Prince Arthur. As a child he struggled with education and, in a bid to present Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, as the leading male royal figure, Edward was excluded from most public duties. After the death of Albert he was allowed to perform ceremonial duties but was still kept out of the running of the country. While Prince of Wales, he devoted much of his time to sports and entertainment and was a central figure of the glamorous Marlborough House set. His popularity increased during his reign when Britain experienced expansion and prosperity.

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Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers

by Jerry Barrett
oil on canvas, 1856
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6203


King Edward VII

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
NPG P301(150c)


King Edward VII

by George Richmond
pastel, 1858
NPG 5217


The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, 7th March 1863

by Henry Nelson O'Neil
oil on canvas, 1864
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5487


Group of fifteen, including Queen Victoria

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 25 May 1868
NPG P22(2)


The Gillies Ball, 1868

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 25 May 1868
NPG P22(3)


King Edward VII

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
NPG P22(5)


King Edward VII

by George Frederic Watts
chalk, circa 1874
NPG 3983


'Souvenir of the Royal Wedding, July 6th 1893'

by Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, 1893
NPG P1700(1c)


Royal group at Balmoral

by Robert Milne
albumen print, September 1896
NPG P1700(24d)


King Edward VII

by Sydney March
electrotype of bust, 1924 (1901)
NPG 2019


Queen Victoria's funeral procession arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor

possibly by James Russell & Sons
albumen print, 2 February 1901
NPG P1700(56)


King Edward VII

replica by Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes
oil on canvas, (1902)
NPG 1691


King Edward VII

possibly by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 9 August 1902
NPG P1700(62a)