© National Portrait Gallery, London
The Duke and Duchess of Fife and their daughters
by William Edward Downey, for W. & D. Downey Click on the links below to find out more
albumen cabinet card, early 1900s
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (144 mm x 99 mm) image size
- Princess Alexandra, Princess Arthur of Connaught (1891-1959), Wife of Prince Arthur of Connaught; daughter of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife. Sitter in 28 portraits.
- Alexander William George Duff, 1st Duke of Fife (1849-1912), Politician and diplomat; husband of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife (1867-1931), Princess Royal; wife of 6th Earl of Fife, later Duke of Fife; daughter of King Edward VII. Sitter in 92 portraits.
- Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk (1893-1945), Wife of 11th Earl of Southesk; daughter of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife. Sitter associated with 42 portraits.
- William Edward Downey (1855-1908), Photographer; son of William Downey. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 925 portraits.
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