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King George VI (1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 454 portraits
The second son of George V and Queen Mary, he served in the navy (1909-17), and qualified as a pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1919. He was President of the Industrial Welfare Society, an area of special concern. He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. He became King on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936. He and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother were held in great affection by the population for the courage and sense of duty they showed during the War. Following his death in 1952, he was succeeded by his eldest daughter who became Queen Elizabeth II.

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P1700(14c)

Queen Mary; King George VI; King George V

by Mary Steen
albumen print, 1896
NPG P1700(14c)

P500

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
glossy purple brown-toned bromide print on green mount, 9 November 1902
NPG P500

4144

King George VI

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, 1924
NPG 4144

P140(9)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, feigned oval, July 1929
NPG P140(9)

L214

King George VI

by Meredith Frampton
oil on canvas, 1929
NPG L214

P140(3)

The four sons of King George

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 26 June 1931
NPG P140(3)

P140(5)

King George VI

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 1936
NPG P140(5)

P140(6)

King George VI

by Bertram Park
bromide print, circa 1936
NPG P140(6)

6356

King George VI

by Leon Underwood
chased bronze figure, 1937
NPG 6356

5286

King George VI

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, circa 1941
NPG 5286

P490(35)

King George VI

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(35)

P490(36)

King George VI

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(36)

4114

King George VI

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1945
NPG 4114

3778

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor

by Sir (Herbert) James Gunn
oil on canvas, 1950
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3778

x26028

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, circa 1896
NPG x26028

x134715

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, circa 1896
NPG x134715

x134716

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, 1896
NPG x134716

x6052

Queen Victoria with her grandchildren

by Hughes & Mullins
albumen panel card, 1900
NPG x6052

x263

King George VI

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
glass negative, 1900-1925
NPG x263

x29773

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x29773

x26025

'The steps of the throne'

by Robert Milne
vintage print, published March 1901
NPG x26025

x134714

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, 1901
NPG x134714

Ax26446

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
postcard print, November 1902
NPG Ax26446

Ax29323

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1902
NPG Ax29323

Ax29373

Royal Family group

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29373

Ax29382

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29382

x47140

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG x47140

x197232

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle'

by James Edward Ellam, published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, autumn 1902
NPG x197232

x138942

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales'

by W. & D. Downey, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x138942

x134713

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, 1904
NPG x134713

x134712

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, circa 1905
NPG x134712

x136043

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
vintage print, circa 1909
NPG x136043

x21160

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x21160

x134956

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, published 1910
NPG x134956

x136041

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x136041

x136042

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
vintage postcard print, 1910
NPG x136042

x136653

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographers
vintage postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x136653

Ax29307

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, circa 1911
NPG Ax29307

x134717

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide proof print, circa 1911
NPG x134717

x136878

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
vintage print, 1911
NPG x136878

x136879

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
vintage print, 1911
NPG x136879

x197234

'The Delhi Coronation Durbar, India. Arrival of their Majesties to lay Foundation Stone'

by Unknown photographer
albumen stereoscopic card, 12-15 December 1911
NPG x197234

x134718

King George VI

by Speaight Ltd
bromide proof print, 1918
NPG x134718

x7181

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1919
NPG x7181

x135383

King George VI

by H.R. Wicks, for Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 15 August 1919
NPG x135383

x122831

King George VI

by H.R. Wicks, for Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 August 1919
NPG x122831

x122832

King George VI

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 August 1919
NPG x122832

Ax29309

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29309

x29782

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29782

x29783

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29783

x29784

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29784