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

Sitter associated with 413 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 Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1874
NPG x95850


King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, 17 July 1876, published 1876
NPG Ax17475


King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by Carl Backofen
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG Ax197508


King Edward VII

by W. & D. Downey
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 1880s
NPG x197568


King Edward VII as a Bencher of the Middle Temple

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1884
NPG Ax197507


King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14727


King Edward VII

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, circa 1890
NPG x7935


King Edward VII

by Thomas Heinrick Voigt
bromide print, circa 1896
NPG x35073


King Edward VII

by Thomas Heinrick Voigt
bromide print, 1896
NPG x35074


King Edward VII; Victoria ('Ena'), Queen of Spain; Maud, Queen of Norway; Queen Alexandra

by Gunn & Stuart
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 8 August 1896
NPG x193302


King Edward VII as Grand Prior of the Order of St John of Jerusalem

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41004


King Edward VII with his racehorse 'Persimmon'

by Lascelles
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 30 May 1900
NPG x137348


Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia; King Edward VII

by Unknown photographer
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197672


Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1900s
NPG x197907


Queen Victoria's Funeral Cortège

copy by Elliott & Fry, after James Russell & Sons
whole-plate glass negative, 4 February 1901
NPG x182186


King Edward VII and others

by James Russell & Sons
dry-plate glass negative, 23 November 1904
NPG x8461


'King Edward, Queen Alexandra & Royal Family at Home'

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x193015