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

1 portrait of King George VI

Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Princess Margaret, by Marcus Adams, 1938 - NPG P140(13) - © estate of Marcus Adams / Camera Press

© estate of Marcus Adams / Camera Press

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

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, 1938
14 in. x 10 1/4 in. (357 mm x 260 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P140(13)


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  • Marcus Adams (1875-1959), Photographer. Artist associated with 106 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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The shy and sensitive younger brother of Edward VIII, George VI had been prepared from birth for a life of public service but not for the throne. Undoubtedly the abdication of his brother was a shock to him, and he came to the throne a man who had 'never seen a State Paper'. The whole of his reign was overshadowed by the Second World War and its after-effects, and he brought to the monarchy at a crucial time an innate good sense, great courage and an unswerving sense of duty. During the war years he and his family were a powerful symbol of national unity and stability. This portrait of the Royal family includes their pet corgi Dookie who was lured into the composition with a biscuit placed on the king's shoe.

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