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The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

8 of 393 portraits of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913, by Sir John Lavery, 1913 - NPG 1745 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1913
134 in. x 107 in. (3403 mm x 2718 mm)
Given by William Hugh Spottiswoode, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1745

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  • Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), Painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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This imposing group which shows King George V and Queen Mary with their two eldest children was commissioned by the publisher W.H. Spottiswoode and presented by him to the National Portrait Gallery in 1913. Both the king and the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, are wearing naval uniform and the setting is the magnificent White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The portrait was the centre of attention at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition were it was exhibited in 1913. The critics noted its 'romantic impressionism' and hailed it as 'a veritable triumph over the formalism to which in such pictures we are accustomed'.

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