Enquire

To enquire about this item please enter your details below and we will contact you shortly.

(Your details will not be shared with any third parties)

Tick the box below if you would like to receive the Armoury of St James's Bulletin - a quarterly e-newsletter that showcases an exclusive selection of the latest military antiques offered at our premises in Piccadilly Arcade.

Please note that your details are used solely for dealing with your enquiry and will not be sold or passed on to any third parties.

Royal Presentation Portrait of Edward, Prince of Wales, 1925
Hover over image to zoom, click to expand.

Royal Presentation Portrait of Edward, Prince of Wales, 1925

Measurements: Overall: 31cm (12.25in) x 23cm (9in)

SOLD

Enquire
 
Provenance: Mrs Reed, Uitenhage, Southern Rhodesia.
 
Sepia and three quarter length portrait photograph of Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor (1894-1972), by Hugh Cecil. Signed and dated ‘Edward P /1925’ lower right in the Prince’s hand. Studio label of Hugh Cecil, 8 Grafton Street, Bond Street, W.1’ to the reverse. Contained in an silk lined, easel backed modern burgundy morocco frame, the arched top embossed with the Prince of Wales’s feathers by F.J. Randall. Glazed. Contained within the frame a typescript letter dated ‘Royal Train, Southern Rhodesia, July 6, 1925’ from equerry Admiral Lionel Halsey to Mrs Reed. 
 
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. 

 

Enquire