King George V

1 portrait of King George V

King George V, by Sir Oswald Birley, circa 1933 - NPG 4013 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King George V

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, circa 1933
23 1/4 in. x 16 7/8 in. (591 mm x 429 mm)
Purchased, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 4013


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Sitterback to top

  • King George V (1865-1936), Reigned 1910-36. Sitter associated with 351 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952), Painter. Artist associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

Like a number of twentieth-century artists, Birley had a fondness for carved frames and would have a canvas made to fit a particular antique frame. His portrait of George V was made to fit the fine Italian 'cassetta' frame of a type used in Bologna and elsewhere in the Emilia in the first half of the seventeenth century.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 242
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 23