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George IV

George IV

King George IV, probably in the early 1820s, shortly after his accession to the throne.

George IV

Original engraving.


A Russian Cruise

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Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, her friend and Lady in waiting Anna Vyrubova and the Tsarina’s eldest child, Grand Duchess Olga Romanov, on a stop off on a Finnish Skerry (small island} during a cruise c1908.

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Lady in waiting Anna Vyrubova (sitting) as well as Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (standing) at Finnish skerries, Paatio island. Note the two box cameras between the empress and the lady in waiting.

Original B&W photo.


W. G. Grace & Friend

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William Gilbert “W. G.” Grace with the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), in 1911. Grace seems to be in mourning, as he’s wearing a black armband. I can’t find any references to personal tragedies at this time, so it may be for Edward VII, who died the previous year.

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Original B&W photo.


Elizabeth’s Coronation Gown

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Queen Elizabeth II in her Coronation gown. The Coronation took place on 2 June 1953, and this photo will have been taken on or near that day.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Young George V

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The future King George V, in 1885, while still third in line to the throne. His grandmother, Victoria, was still Queen, his father, who would later become Edward VII, was first in line, and his elder brother Albert Victor was still alive. When Albert Victor died in 1892, George moved up to second in line to the throne.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Wallis Simpson

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Time’s Person of the Year 1936, Wallis Simpson, who married a King, Edward VIII, and caused a constitutional crisis when he was forced to abdicate.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in late 1907 or early 1908, when she was 7 years old. She would later marry the man who would become King George VI, and her eldest daughter is the current Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Edward VII

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Edward VII in 1902, the year after he ascended to the throne.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, in her wedding dress, in 1885.

 

circa 1885:  Princess Beatrice, (1857 - 1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.  She married Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1885: Princess Beatrice, (1857 – 1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria. She married Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Original B&W photo.


Mary, Princess of Wales

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Mary, Princess of Wales, attending the coronation of her father in law, Edward VII, on 9th August 1902.

 

1902 Princess Mary's gown for Edward VII's coronation

Original B&W photo.


The Calm Before the Storm

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and King George V

Tsar Nicholas II (left) and his cousin the Prince of Wales (the future George V), during a brief family holiday in August 1909 on the Isle of Wight.

 

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and King George V

Original B&W photo.


Teck Family Photo

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Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge with her four children, including the future Queen Mary, wife of George Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.

 

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Original B&W photo.


The Last Tsarina

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A 15 year old Princess Alix of Hesse, who later married the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II.

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Original B&W photo.


King in Waiting

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The Duke and Duchess of York, with their daughters the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, along with their dogs, in June 1936, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

In the same month, the future King George VI’s brother ascended the throne, only to abdicate in December.

 

 

George VI and family

Original B&W photo


The Windsors and the Führer

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In October 1937, against the wishes of the British government, the former Edward VIII, now the Duke of Windsor, and his wife, the Duchess of Windsor, made a much publicised visit to Germany, during which he met Adolf Hitler.

Edward’s admiration for Hitler continued throughout the coming war, and beyond. apparently saying  to a friend privately: “I never thought Hitler was such a bad chap.”

 

Original B&W photo.


“We ARE Amused!”

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Queen Victoria, sometime in the 1880s.

Queen Victoria is thought by many to have been quite miserable. If you asked people who said “We are not amused”, most would automatically think of her. This popular image is mistaken, however. There is no record of her uttering those words, and those who knew her said she had a very good sense of humour.

Part of the reason for her dour reputation is that she always wore black after her husband, Prince Albert, died. She was also rarely photographed smiling, but that was the fashion of the day. If you look at any Victorian photo, you are unlikely to see any grins. It has been suggested that this is because the long exposure times of early cameras made it difficult to maintain a smile, but I think the habit may have started before photography. when sitting for a painted portrait took even longer.

 

Queen Victoria smiling, 1880s

Original sepia photo.


Edward VIII – “Stamp Duty”

King Edward VIII, by Hugh Cecil, 1936

This photo, taken by Hugh Cecil in 1936, was the basis for all of the stamps and coins that were to be issued in the UK during the reign of Edward VIII. Four stamps, 1/2d, 1d, 1 1/2d and 2d went on sale, but Edward abdicated before any coins were issued.

 

King Edward VIII, by Hugh Cecil, 1936

Original B&W photo.

 

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The 1d stamp


Queen Mary and the Delhi Durbar Jewels

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The Delhi Durbar, a mass assembly at Coronation Park, Delhi, marked the succession of an Emperor or Empress of India, and there have been three of them, in 1877, 1903, and 1911.

This photo was taken following the 1911 event, which celebrated the succession of George V and his Queen Consort, Mary, and shows the Queen wearing the Delhi Durbar Jewels. It was probably taken in 1912, or later, because the necklace which, along with the other jewellery containing emeralds, was made for the Queen especially for the Durbar, has a second detachable diamond pendant alongside the emerald, and this wasn’t added until 1912.

 

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Original B&W photo.

 


The King at the Front

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If this drawing of King George V, accompanied by his eldest son Edward Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII), visiting British troops on the Western Front in 1916, resembles a photo in any way, it is entirely due to the skill of the artist, Fortunino Matania.

Matania was famous for his realism, and his World War One drawings scored over photographs of that era because they didn’t look staged. If this had been a photo, most of the people in it would have been staring nervously at the camera!

 

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Original drawing.


Victoria, the New Queen

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Queen Victoria’s reign began in 1837, two years before Louis Daguerre presented his daguerreotype process to the world so, although she was an “early adopter” of photography, the earliest photos of her, as far as I’m aware, are from a reconstruction of her wedding that she and her husband, Albert, undertook just to get the wedding album!

There were, of course, paintings, but I find engravings to be much more natural looking, and they are useful for me to practice on. Many photos are grainy or damaged, and some of the techniques for repairing them work on drawings too.

This engraving was made in 1868 in New York, but it depicts Victoria at around the time of her accession. The tiara she’s wearing looks like one Prince Albert gave her some time after they were married, in 1840, and I’ve coloured it accordingly, but it was probably a bit of artistic licence.

 

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Original sepia engraving.


The Christening of a King

Queen Victoria in 1894

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The official christening photos of Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David of York, later to become, briefly, King Edward VIII.

Both photos show the matriarch, Queen Victoria, holding the baby. The first picture also has the baby’s father, the future George V and grandfather, the future Edward VII, The second has the baby’s mother, Mary of Teck, and Edward VII’s wife, Alexandra.

 

 

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The third photo shows Edward and his mother Mary with his other grandmother, Mary Adelaide of Teck.

 

The baptism took place at White Lodge, Richmond Park, on 16 July 1894.

 

Queen Victoria in 1894
Queen Victoria 1894

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Original B&W photos.


Queen Victoria, Great-Grandmother

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Queen Victoria with four of her many great-grandchildren, in 1900.

The original card I worked from has some misleading text using names not normally associated with the people, making identification of some of the subjects difficult, but I think I’ve worked out who’s who now.

The girl in the chair, wearing the hat, is Princess Mary, later to become Countess of Harewood.

The boy standing next to her is the future King Edward VIII, with his successor, George VI seated on the cushion on the ground.

The baby being held by Victoria is Prince Henry, later the Duke of Gloucester.

The four children were the offspring of the then Duke and Duchess of York, who would eventually become King George V and Queen Mary. They would have two more children, but not until after Victoria’s death in 1901.

by Hughes & Mullins, albumen panel card, 1900

by Hughes & Mullins, albumen panel card, 1900

Original sepia card.


A Family Holiday in Scotland

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The Queen and Prince Philip with their three children, Charles, Anne and baby Andrew, at Balmoral on the 9th September, 1960.

 

Original B&W photo.


Prince Alfred

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Later to become Duke of Edinburgh, and later still Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Alfred was the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and their fourth child.

This informal photo was taken in 1856, when Alfred was 12.

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Original sepia photo.