© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George VI
by W. & D. Downey Click on the links below to find out more
bromide proof print, circa 1896
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (164 mm x 112 mm) overall
- King George VI (1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52. Sitter associated with 509 portraits.
- W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 924 portraits.
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