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King Edward VII

(1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10

Sitter associated with 497 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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Collage of 101 figures, compiled by Cecilia Mary Jocelyn (née Elliot), after  Disdéri, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, after  Camille Silvy, and after  Unknown photographers - NPG Ax129160

Collage of 101 figures

compiled by Cecilia Mary Jocelyn (née Elliot), after Disdéri, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall, after Camille Silvy, and after Unknown photographers
albumen print collage, 1860s
NPG Ax129160

King Edward VII, by Hills & Saunders - NPG x14382

King Edward VII

by Hills & Saunders
press print, circa 1860
NPG x14382

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x11822

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x11822

King Edward VII, by John Watkins, published by  Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason) - NPG x14379

King Edward VII

by John Watkins, published by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen print on publisher's mount, circa 1860
NPG x14379

'Group of Royal Family', by and after John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x132718

'Group of Royal Family'

by and after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, early 1860s
NPG x132718

Queen Victoria and her family, by Ashford Brothers & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and  John & Charles Watkins, and  Georg Emil Hansen - NPG x134740

Queen Victoria and her family

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and John & Charles Watkins, and Georg Emil Hansen
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x134740

'Interiors of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and Portraits of the Royal Family of Great Britain', by Ashford Brothers & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and  John & Charles Watkins, and  Georg Emil Hansen - NPG x134741

'Interiors of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and Portraits of the Royal Family of Great Britain'

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and John & Charles Watkins, and Georg Emil Hansen
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x134741

Queen Victoria with her family, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x134742

Queen Victoria with her family

after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x134742

Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse; King Edward VII, by Samuel E. Poulton - NPG x136868

Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse; King Edward VII

by Samuel E. Poulton
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x136868

King Edward VII; Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x197200

King Edward VII; Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x197200

King Edward VII, by John & Charles Watkins - NPG x139658

King Edward VII

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 4 July 1860
NPG x139658

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria and their children, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax9571

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria and their children

after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1861
NPG Ax9571

King Edward VII, by Camille Silvy - NPG x11815

King Edward VII

by Camille Silvy
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 20 June 1861
NPG x11815

King Edward VII, by William Mayland, published by  Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason) - NPG x11820

King Edward VII

by William Mayland, published by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1861
NPG x11820

King Edward VII, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax54513

King Edward VII

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 June 1861
NPG Ax54513

King Edward VII, by Camille Silvy - NPG x6830

King Edward VII

by Camille Silvy
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 20 June 1861
NPG x6830

King Edward VII, by Camille Silvy - NPG x11814

King Edward VII

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 20 June 1861
NPG x11814

King Edward VII, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax196508

King Edward VII

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, August 1861
NPG Ax196508

King Edward VII, by Ghémar Frères - NPG Ax24150

King Edward VII

by Ghémar Frères
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1862
NPG Ax24150

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