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Neg. No: (GP) 4601A
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: None

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Sitter: Admiral of the Fleet, Sir William (Henry) May (1849-1930).

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Biog: Entered Navy, 1863; Captain, 1887; Rear Admiral, 1901; Vice Admiral, 1905; Admiral, 1905; Admiral of the Fleet, 1913; A.D.C to Queen Victoria and Edward VII.

Date: c. 1905.

Occasion: -

Location: -

Descr: TQL standing.

Costume: Full Dress uniform, Vice Admiral, Royal Navy.

Orders, Decorations & Medals: Star and Badge of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order [K.C.V.O. cr. 1904]; Badge of the Order of the Red Eagle (2nd Class, cr. 1899) [Prussia]; Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal 1897; Coronation Medal 1902; Arctic Medal 1875-1876.

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

NB see bottom right image on 1914 postcard for cropped version of this pose

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Who's Who; The Navy List, 1905-08; The Times, 8 October 1930, p 15g.

Date: Negative sequence.

Occasion: -

Costume: -

Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Royal Victorian Order) Burke's Peerage; (Order of Red Eagle) R. Werlich, Orders and Decorations of All Nations, Washington, 1990; (Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal and Coronation Medal 1902) Howard N. Cole, Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals 1887-1977, London, 1977; (Arctic Medal) E.C. Joslin, A.R. Litherland and B.T. Simpkin, British Battles and Medals, London, 1988.

Reproduced: (cropped) The Illustrated London News, 25 February 1911, p 262 (on appointment as Commander-in-Chief, Davenport).

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