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George V (1865–1936), at Mount Kemmel, South of Ypres, during His Tour of the Western Front, 1917

© estate of Frank O. Salisbury. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: National Army Museum

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In July 1917, George V and Queen Mary spent a fortnight visiting the Western Front. According to 'The Illustrated London News', the King spent a day with ‘General Sir Herbert Plumer’s Army on the scene of its great victory at Messines Ridge and Wytschaete Ridge. His Majesty wore Field Marshal’s service uniform and a steel helmet – a necessary precaution in view of the fact that he was frequently within range of German shells.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    47.3 x 60 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1989-04-136

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from David Cohen Fine Art Limited, 1989


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