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Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940)

Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany (1859-1941) Signed and dated 1905

Oil on canvas | 260.1 x 154.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 406550

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  • A full-length portrait Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany standing, wearing Field Marshal's uniform with the riband of the Order of the Garter, the Lesser George (RCIN 100033); his plumed hat in his left hand and a Field Marshal's baton in his right; the base of a pillar behind on the right.

    The painting was presented to King Edward VII, by his nephew, Wilhelm II to mark his appointment as a Field marshal in the British Army. A similar gift had been made to Queen Victoria in 1895 (RCIN 407679). The painting is recorded in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in 1909 and 1911.

    Son of the artist Charles West Cope, a successful history and genre painter, Arthur Stockdale Cope trained at Carey's Art School and the Royal Academy schools. He undertook numerous prestigious portrait commissions, notably of Kings Edward VII, George V, and Kaiser Wilhelm II (see RCINs 405245, 407425, 407679). He went on to establish his own portrait practice, exhibiting 288 works at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters between 1876 and 1935. In 1900 he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters; in 1910 he was elected Royal Academician; and in 1917 he was knighted.
    Provenance

    Presented to King Edward VII in 1907 by the German Emperor

  • Medium and techniques

    Oil on canvas

    Measurements

    260.1 x 154.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)

    296.0 x 191.0 x 9.5 cm (frame, external)

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  • Alternative title(s)

    Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1859-1941)