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King Edward VII - Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, 1903
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King Edward VII - Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, 1903

Measurements: Overall: 34cm (13.25in) x 28cm (11in)

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Pencil, pen and ink, bodycolour on grey paper. Head and shoulders portrait of Edward VII (1841-1910) in Royal Yacht Squadron cap. Possibly after a photograph by Cowes photographer A. Denham of the King and Queen Alexandra taken on board the Royal Yacht in 1903. Signed ‘Cecil Cutler’ lower right and inscribed ‘COWES’. Framed and glazed.

Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, was Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron from 1882 until his accession to the throne in 1901, when he followed the precedent of King William IV and became Admiral of R.Y.S. He was a member of the Squadron from 1863 and an active participant in big yacht racing in the 1870s and 80s. In 1893 he was instrumental in developing top level racing with the unveiling of Britannia. During her first five seasons Britannia started in 219 races and won 147 prizes, the total value amounting to £10,000. In 1901 he was on board Sir Thomas Lipton’s Americas Cup Challenger Shamrock II when her mast and rig were carried over the side. As Prince of Wales he was additionally Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club in 1874, and President of the Yacht Racing Association from 1881.

Cecil E.L. Cutler (1886-1934) produced portrait sketches of the Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII for publication in the Illustrated London News. He exhibited commercially and executed commissions of politicians and military officers. The Royal Collection contains several examples of his work.

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