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King Edward VII

(1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10

Sitter associated with 498 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 George Zobel, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Henry Weigall - NPG D33836

King Edward VII

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

The Royal Group (King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale; King George V), by Francis Holl, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), published by and after  Dickinson Brothers - NPG D31865

The Royal Group (King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale; King George V)

by Francis Holl, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), published by and after Dickinson Brothers
engraving, published 2 August 1869
On display in the Bedroom at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG D31865

Queen Victoria; Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, after Unknown artist - NPG D42970

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 ('The Prince'), by James Jacques Tissot - NPG D43613

King Edward VII ('The Prince')

by James Jacques Tissot
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 8 November 1873
NPG D43613

King Edward VII, by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin') - NPG D23032

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 - NPG D33843

'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 - NPG D42831

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 - NPG D33850

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 - NPG D33661

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 - NPG D33842

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 - NPG D33844

'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

King Edward VII, published by F. Barsotti, after  Michele Gordigiani - NPG D33846

King Edward VII

published by F. Barsotti, after Michele Gordigiani
photographic print, (1886)
NPG D33846

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