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Signed Royal Presentation Portrait of  the Prince of Wales
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Signed Royal Presentation Portrait of the Prince of Wales

Circa 1925

Measurements: Overall: 26.5cm (10.25in) x 19cm (7.5in)

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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 ‘Edward P’ lower right in the Prince’s hand.  Studio label of Hugh Cecil, 8 Grafton Street, Bond Street, W.1’ to the revrse. Contained in an easel backed arch topped silver frame by Asprey of Old Bond Street, London. Hallmarked London 1920.

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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