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George VI Presentation Portrait, 1949
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George VI Presentation Portrait, 1949

Measurements: Overall: 60cm (23.75in) x 48cm (18.75in)

£945

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Half length portrait of King George VI in Field Marshal's service dress uniform by Hugh Cecil. Signed and dated in the lower mount in the King’s hand ‘George R’ / ‘1949’. Image: 37.5 cm (14.75in) x 30cm (12in). Framed and glazed.

Hugh Cecil Saunders (1890-1974) practised under the professional name of Hugh Cecil. Educated at Tonbridge School and Queen’s College, Cambridge, he established a successful studio in Grafton Street in London in 1923; his work regularly appearing in the weekly Sketch, Tatler and Bystander. Cecil Beaton suggested he was influenced by the style of Baron De Meyer. In 1925, the Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) sat for the first of many royal sittings. Later Cecil produced the official photographs for the Edward VIII postage stamps. Cecil’s studio continued to operate throughout the Second World War. 

 
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