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King Edward VII

(1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10

Sitter associated with 506 portraits
Edward was Queen Victoria's eldest son but she favoured his brother Arthur. As a child he struggled with education and, in a bid to present Prince Albert as the leading male royal figure, Edward as Prince of Wales was excluded from most public duties. After the death of Albert he was allowed to perform ceremonial duties but was still kept out of the running of the country. Following his marriage to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863, he took up residence at Marlborough House, which became a centre of high society glamour, and devoted his time to sports and entertainment. Despite remaining aloof from politics, his popularity increased during his reign, as Britain experienced expansion and prosperity.

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King Edward VII, by Ghémar Frères - NPG x14383

King Edward VII

by Ghémar Frères
albumen print on paper mount, 1862
NPG x14383

King Edward VII, by and after an engraving by Émile Desmaisons - NPG x132822

King Edward VII

by and after an engraving by Émile Desmaisons
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x132822

King Edward VII, by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert - NPG x11819

King Edward VII

by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert
albumen carte-de-visite, 3 September 1862
NPG x11819

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by Ghémar Frères - NPG Ax128904

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by Ghémar Frères
albumen print, September 1862
NPG Ax128904

King Edward VII, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x197193

King Edward VII

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG x197193

Album introductory carte-de-visite with members of the Royal Family, by Ashford Brothers & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and  Ghémar Frères, and  (Octavius) Charles Watkins, and  Émile Desmaisons, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x197214

Album introductory carte-de-visite with members of the Royal Family

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and Ghémar Frères, and (Octavius) Charles Watkins, and Émile Desmaisons, and Unknown photographers
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x197214

King Edward VII, by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert - NPG Ax196503

King Edward VII

by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert
albumen print, 3 September 1862
NPG Ax196503

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by Ghémar Frères - NPG x196245

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by Ghémar Frères
albumen carte-de-visite, 9 September 1862
NPG x196245

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax24156

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 18 March 1863
NPG Ax24156

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; George I, King of Greece, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax46759

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; George I, King of Greece

by Southwell Brothers
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, October 1863
NPG Ax46759

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax46733

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 18 March 1863
NPG Ax46733

King Edward VII, by Stephen Thompson, published by  Victor Delarue - NPG x11818

King Edward VII

by Stephen Thompson, published by Victor Delarue
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1863
NPG x11818

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII, by William England, for  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax38287

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by William England, for London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, Autumn 1863
NPG Ax38287

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax46730

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax46730

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by Frederick Richard Window - NPG x131267

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by Frederick Richard Window
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x131267

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII, by Mayall & Co, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x9182

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by Mayall & Co, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
carbon print on photographer's card mount, late 1890s-early 1900s (18 March 1863)
NPG x9182

Queen Victoria with her family, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x36347

Queen Victoria with her family

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
carbon print, April 1863
On display at The Collection, Lincoln
NPG x36347

Queen Victoria with her family, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax131299

Queen Victoria with her family

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, April 1863
NPG Ax131299

King Edward VII, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x11816

King Edward VII

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, October 1863
NPG x11816

King Edward VII, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x11817

King Edward VII

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, October 1863
NPG x11817

King Edward VII, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x14378

King Edward VII

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen print on card mount, 14 March 1863
NPG x14378

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x12784

King Edward VII when Prince of Wales

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x12784

Queen Victoria with her family, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG Ax46726

Queen Victoria with her family

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, April 1863
NPG Ax46726

'The day before the wedding', by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x131715

'The day before the wedding'

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 9 March 1863
NPG x131715

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra, by Lafayette, after  Vernon Heath - NPG Ax26441

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra

by Lafayette, after Vernon Heath
bromide print, (1863)
NPG Ax26441

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII, by Ghémar Frères - NPG Ax9754

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by Ghémar Frères
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax9754

King Edward VII, by and after an engraving by Émile Desmaisons - NPG x132823

King Edward VII

by and after an engraving by Émile Desmaisons
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG x132823

'The day before the wedding', by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x135123

'The day before the wedding'

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen print, 9 March 1863
NPG x135123

King Edward VII, by Unknown photographer - NPG x45219

King Edward VII

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, mid-late 1860s
NPG x45219

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197201

Queen Alexandra; King Edward VII

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, Autumn 1863
NPG x197201

King Edward VII; George I, King of Greece, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x197202

King Edward VII; George I, King of Greece

by Southwell Brothers
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, October 1863
NPG x197202

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