King George V (Kings Regiment) Oil on Board
by John Archibald Alexander Berrie R.A.
From the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) Headquarters.
Original Oil painting commissioned by the 2nd Battalion, The Kings Regiment (Liverpool), showing King George V in the uniform of the above.
This is one of three identical portraits painted by John Archibald Alexander Berrie for which the King sat on 28th February 1931 (one large and two smaller versions).
The larger portrait is currently held by the Queen and forms part of The Royal Collection. The two smaller portraits were originally displayed at The Kings Regiment Headquarters in Liverpool and Manchester.
This is the portrait from the Liverpool Regimental HQ, the other from the Manchester Regional HQ is presently is in the possession of The National Museums Liverpool, details for which can be found online.
The portrait retains it's original labels to the rear, the first giving the details of the King being the Colonel-in Chief of the Regiment and the second displaying the framers details ( J Davey & Sons, 5 South John St, Liverpool), along with the date of framing, 17th May 1932.
In 1935, four years after this portrait was commissioned, a further copy was produced by Berrie for the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra
Frame - 38 cm x 34.5cm
Portrait - 27.5cm x 22cm
The portrait is in Excellent Condition mounted in it's original gold laquered frame behind glass. Signed to bottom left by the artist, the signature being below the frame mount but the top edge of which is just visible.
The frame does have a very small area of damage to the bottom right corner. Otherwise it is in excellent condition.
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