King George V

1 portrait of King George V

King George V, by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm, 1911 - NPG 6308 - © estate of Max Beerbohm

© estate of Max Beerbohm

King George V

by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
pencil and watercolour, 1911
12 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (324 mm x 175 mm)
Purchased, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6308

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  • King George V (1865-1936), Reigned 1910-36. Sitter in 401 portraits.

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Dating from the year after George V's accession to the throne, this appears to be one of the earliest drawings of the King by Beerbohm. Although the pop eyes and looming presence are hardly kind, the artist had some sympathy for the King, writing in 1914 that he was 'such a piteous, good, feeble, heroic little figure'.

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