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King George VI

(1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 505 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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Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG 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

King George VI, by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 4144

King George VI

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, 1924
NPG 4144

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI, by Marcus Adams - NPG 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)

King George VI, by Meredith Frampton - NPG L214

King George VI

by Meredith Frampton
oil on canvas, 1929
NPG L214

The four sons of King George, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(3)

The four sons of King George

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

King George VI, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(5)

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(6)

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Leon Underwood - NPG 6356

King George VI

by Leon Underwood
chased bronze figure, 1937
NPG 6356

King George VI, by Sir Gerald Kelly - NPG 5286

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(35)

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(36)

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Sir William Reid Dick - NPG 4114

King George VI

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1959 (1945)
NPG 4114

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, by Sir James Gunn - NPG 3778

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor

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

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x26028

King George VI

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

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134715

King George VI

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

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134716

King George VI

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

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