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King Edward VII

(1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10

Sitter associated with 500 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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King Edward VII, by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, after  Sir William Charles Ross - NPG D35052

King Edward VII

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, after Sir William Charles Ross
lithograph, 1846
NPG D35052

King Edward VII, probably after Sir William Charles Ross - NPG D42213

King Edward VII

probably after Sir William Charles Ross
coloured stipple engraving, circa 1846-1848
NPG D42213

Queen Victoria; King Edward VII, by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by  Hering & Remington, after  Frederick A.C. Tilt - NPG D33628

Queen Victoria; King Edward VII

by Henry Thomas Ryall, published by Hering & Remington, after Frederick A.C. Tilt
stipple and line engraving, (circa 1847)
NPG D33628

Domestic Life of the Royal Family, by Unknown artist - NPG D20924

Domestic Life of the Royal Family

by Unknown artist
hand-coloured lithograph, 1848 or after
NPG D20924

The Royal Procession Polka, by John Brandard, printed by  M & N Hanhart, published by  Chappell - NPG D47394

The Royal Procession Polka

by John Brandard, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Chappell
lithograph, circa 1851
NPG D47394

The seven oldest children of Queen Victoria, by Frederick James Smyth, published by  Illustrated London News, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33826

The seven oldest children of Queen Victoria

by Frederick James Smyth, published by Illustrated London News, after Unknown artist
wood engraving, published 25 December 1852
NPG D33826

King Edward VII, by Thomas Fairland, printed by  M & N Hanhart, after  Franz Xaver Winterhalter - NPG D35053

King Edward VII

by Thomas Fairland, printed by M & N Hanhart, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter
lithograph, 1852
NPG D35053

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, by Richard James Lane, after  William Frederick Lake Price - NPG D31864

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by Richard James Lane, after William Frederick Lake Price
lithograph, circa 1858
NPG D31864

Queen Victoria;  King Edward VII; Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia, by James Tilbitts Willmore, after  Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG D33591

Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia

by James Tilbitts Willmore, after Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
line engraving, 1858 (1847)
NPG D33591

King Edward VII, by Richard James Lane, and by  James Henry Lynch, published by  John Mitchell, after  William Frederick Lake Price - NPG D33834

King Edward VII

by Richard James Lane, and by James Henry Lynch, published by John Mitchell, after William Frederick Lake Price
lithograph, published 1858
NPG D33834

King Edward VII, by Richard James Lane, and by  James Henry Lynch - NPG D22128

King Edward VII

by Richard James Lane, and by James Henry Lynch
lithograph, published 1858
NPG D22128

King Edward VII, by Richard James Lane, and by  James Henry Lynch - NPG D22167

King Edward VII

by Richard James Lane, and by James Henry Lynch
lithograph, published 1858
NPG D22167

King Edward VII, by James Henry Lynch, after  Franz Xaver Winterhalter - NPG D33833

King Edward VII

by James Henry Lynch, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter
lithograph, 1859
NPG D33833

King Edward VII, by Francis Holl, published by  Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after  George Richmond - NPG D33835

King Edward VII

by Francis Holl, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 28 October 1859
NPG D33835

King Edward VII, printed by George Baxter, published by  Chappell & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG D43004

King Edward VII

printed by George Baxter, published by Chappell & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
Baxter print, (1859)
NPG D43004

'Key to the Marriage of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales' and 'Key to the Last Moments of the Prince Consort', by Charles John Culliford, after  Walter Rowland Holyoake, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D33737

'Key to the Marriage of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales' and 'Key to the Last Moments of the Prince Consort'

by Charles John Culliford, after Walter Rowland Holyoake, and after Unknown artist
lithograph and letterpress, 1860s
NPG D33737

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by  Chappell & Co, probably after  Anthony Carey Stannus - NPG D43005

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Chappell & Co, probably after Anthony Carey Stannus
albumen print, 1860s
NPG D43005

King Edward VII, by William Henry Simmons, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  John Whitehead Walton - NPG D33837

King Edward VII

by William Henry Simmons, published by Henry Graves & Co, after John Whitehead Walton
mixed-method engraving, published 13 August 1863
NPG D33837

King Edward VII, by William Henry Simmons, after  John Whitehead Walton, published by  Henry Graves & Co - NPG D33838

King Edward VII

by William Henry Simmons, after John Whitehead Walton, published by Henry Graves & Co
mixed-method engraving, 1863
NPG D33838

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