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Portrait of the Day: The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

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7 February 2020, 12:30

Room 30


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This imposing group which shows King George V and Queen Mary with two of their children was commissioned by the publisher W.H. Spottiswoode and presented by him to the National Portrait Gallery in 1913. Both the king and the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, are wearing naval uniform and the setting is the magnificent White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The portrait was the centre of attention at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where it was exhibited in 1913. The critics noted its 'romantic impressionism' and hailed it as 'a veritable triumph over the formalism to which in such pictures we are accustomed'.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.