© estate of Bertram Park / National Portrait Gallery, London
King George VI
by Bertram Park Click on the links below to find out more
glossy bromide print, 15 March 1938
292 mm x 241 mm
Given by June Mardall (née Park), 1977
- King George VI (1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52. Sitter associated with 509 portraits.
- Bertram Park (1883-1972), Photographer. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
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