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A Signed Royal Presentation Portrait of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 1943
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A Signed Royal Presentation Portrait of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 1943

Measurements: Overall: 27.5cm (10.75in) x 21cm (8,25in)

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Three quarter length portrait by royal photographer Dorothy Wilding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The King in the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet, the insignia of Order of the Garter, the Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Order of the Bath, and the Royal Victorian Order; the Queen in state dress and wearing the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, Royal Family Order and Order of the Crown of India, and the star of the order of the Garter. Signed and dated in the lower mount in ink by the King Emperor ‘George R.I. / 1943’ and in ink by the Queen ‘Elizabeth R. Contained in modern glazed, easel back blue leather.

Dorothy Wilding began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson. She established her own Bond Street studio in 1929, where she became a favourite of members of the Royal Family, society figures and film and theatrical stars. In 1937 Wilding became the first woman to be appointed as an Official Royal Photographer, and was responsible for the double portrait of George VI and Queen Elizabeth that was subsequently adapted for the 1937 Coronation issue postage stamp. She opened a second studio in New York in the same year, and was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1943. She is best known for her brightly lit linear compositions photographed in high key lighting against a white background. Her autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958. Her surviving archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery in 1976 and formed the basis of a major NPG retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 1991, The Pursuit of Perfection. (1893-1976).
 

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