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British Royal Family--
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT, SIGNED, OF THE CHILDREN OF GEORGE V
vintage matt silverprint, by A.J.H. Downey for W. and D. Downey of 61 Ebury Street, London, depicting Prince Edward, later Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor; Prince Albert, later King George VI; Princess Mary, Princess Royal; Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; Prince George, Duke of Kent; and Prince John; the six children full length, standing on steps in two rows; mounted, signed by each on the mount, dated 1910, framed and glazed, image slightly faded, mount chipped at edge
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A photograph signed by the six children of King George V, taken in the year of their father's accession to the throne, including an exceptionally rare signature of the young Prince John (1905-1919). It includes the signatures of two future kings, Edward and Albert, who were at this time cadets at the Royal Naval College, as well as the hesitant signature in simple capitals of their youngest brother, John, who was only aged five when this photograph was taken. John had already begun to suffer epileptic attacks and was exhibiting symptoms of autism. His health declined severely in subsequent years, he was withdrawn from all public life, and he died at Sandringham aged thirteen.

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