King George VI

1 portrait of King George VI

King George VI, by Sir Gerald Kelly, circa 1941 - NPG 5286 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

King George VI

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, circa 1941
39 1/8 in. x 30 7/8 in. (993 mm x 784 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5286


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  • King George VI (1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52. Sitter associated with 455 portraits.

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  • Sir Gerald Kelly (1879-1972), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 27 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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This study shows the King in the robes of the Order of the Garter and was made while Kelly was working on the State Portrait of the King in his coronation robes, now in the Royal Collection. Kelly stayed at Windsor Castle to work on these commissions, using the Grand Reception Room as a studio. Kelly wrote that he 'had to try and solve the problem of persuading this modest man to strike a decorative pose…The King was infinitely patient. He didn't like posing'..

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