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'Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII))

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'Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)), by John Chancellor, 1899 - NPG P232 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII))

by John Chancellor
albumen panel card, 1899
11 3/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (288 mm x 239 mm)
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG P232


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This photograph depicts four British monarchs: (from left to right) Prince George, Duke of York, later George V; Queen Victoria; Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII; and Prince Edward of York, later Edward VIII and subsequently Duke of Windsor. Writing to her daughter Princess Victoria, Empress Frederick of Germany, in June 1894 about the birth of Prince Edward of York, Queen Victoria commented that 'it seems that it has never happened in this Country that there should be three direct Heirs as well as the Sovereign alive'. The queen was evidently fond of this idea, and a number of photographs and paintings commemorate 'The Four Generations'. This photograph by Chancellor of Sackville Street, Dublin, was taken at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight on 5 August 1899, shortly after the queen's eightieth birthday.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 143
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 736

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