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King George V

(1865-1936), Reigned 1910-36

Sitter in 488 portraits
As the second son of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, George V had not expected to ascend to the throne. He enjoyed a long and successful career in the Navy before his accession in 1910. His conscientious and unpretentious approach to his duties provided stability during an unsettled period, which included the First World War and the Great Depression. In 1932, he became the first monarch to use the medium of radio to speak to the nation. He later described himself as 'a very ordinary sort of fellow'.

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Encaenia at the University of Oxford, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(43)

Encaenia at the University of Oxford

by Unknown photographer
printing-out paper print, 21 June 1899
NPG P1700(43)

King George V, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(57c)

King George V

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1901
NPG P1700(57c)

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette - NPG P500

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette
glossy purple brown-toned bromide print on green mount, 9 November 1902
NPG P500

King George V, by Sir Max Beerbohm - NPG 6308

King George V

by Sir Max Beerbohm
pencil and watercolour, 1911
NPG 6308

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 1745

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1745

King George V, reduced copy by Lance Calkin - NPG 4604

King George V

reduced copy by Lance Calkin
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1914
NPG 4604

King George V, by Solomon Joseph Solomon - NPG 5423

King George V

by Solomon Joseph Solomon
oil on panel, 1914
NPG 5423

King George V, by Sir Oswald Birley - NPG 4013

King George V

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, circa 1933
NPG 4013

King George V, by Felix Weiss - NPG 2796

King George V

by Felix Weiss
bronze bust, 1935
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2796

King George V, by Frederic Whiting - NPG 5094

King George V

by Frederic Whiting
oil on canvas, exhibited 1936
NPG 5094

Queen Alexandra; King George V, by Hills & Saunders - NPG Ax46743

Queen Alexandra; King George V

by Hills & Saunders
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, July 1865
NPG Ax46743

King George V; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, by United Association of Photography Limited - NPG Ax24187

King George V; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale

by United Association of Photography Limited
wothlytype carte-de-visite, 1866
NPG Ax24187

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