King Edward VII
King Edward VII
by Baron Adolph de Meyer
sepia platinotype, 1904
9 5/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (244 mm x 162 mm)
Sitterback to top
- King Edward VII (1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10. Sitter associated with 506 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Baron Adolph de Meyer (1868-1946), Photographer. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 55 Read entry
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest son was named after his father and known as ‘Bertie’. In his youth, the future King Edward VII (1841-1910) rebelled against the strict academic education planned by his father. Queen Victoria denied her son any public responsibilities, and he devoted his sixty years as Prince of Wales to sport and high society. His reign from 1901 saw a new era of prosperity, expansion and pageantry that restored his popularity. He married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863, and their descendants include Queen Elizabeth II and King Harald of Norway.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 196
Events of 1904back to top
Current affairsBritain and France sign the Entente Cordiale, an agreement which resolves a number of longstanding colonial disputes (including a Declaration respecting Egypt and Morocco), signalling growing anxiety about the risk of future German aggression. Although not militarily binding, the agreement, negotiated between French foreign minister Théophile Delcassé, and Lord Lansdowne, the British Foreign Secretary, establishes a diplomatic understanding between the two countries.
Art and scienceJ. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is first performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Charting the fantastical adventures of Peter, 'the boy who never grew up', the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook in Neverland, many adaptations have been made of the story.
The painter Gwen John settles in Paris, where she becomes the lover and model of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, modelling for his sculpture Muse.