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

Sitter associated with 422 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 Alexandra; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale; King Edward VII

by William Holl Jr, after Vernon Heath
stipple and line engraving, published 1864
NPG D33935


King Edward VII

by George Zobel, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Henry Weigall
mezzotint, published 1 March 1865
NPG D33836


Queen Victoria; Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

after Unknown artist
embossed chromolithographic 'scrap', late 19th century
NPG D42970


King Edward VII

by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin')
chromolithograph, 1874
NPG D23032


'HRH The Prince of Wales in India' (King Edward VII)

after Alfred William Hunt
chromoxylograph, circa 1875-1876
NPG D33843


Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by and printed by Thomas Packer, published by Hopwood & Crew
chromolithograph, circa 1875
NPG D42831


King Edward VII

by Charles Albert Waltner
etching, published 1878
NPG D33850


Key to 'Royal Family Group, 1874' (Queen Victoria with her family)

after Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after Unknown artist
ink on acetate, (1881)
NPG D33661


King Edward VII

by Maclure & Macdonald, after Andrew Maclure
chromolithograph, published 11 November 1882
NPG D33842


'HRH The Prince of Wales at Marlborough House' (King Edward VII)

supplement to The Graphic, after Sydney Prior Hall
wood engraving, published 1886
NPG D33844