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King George V - Scenes of the British Empire

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King George V - Scenes of the British Empire

One King, One Flag, One Fleet, One Empire - inset portrait of King George V (1865-1936) (1/4). Date: circa 1911

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Britannia Colonies Inset Lion Monarch Monarchy Personification Ruler


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This photograph print showcases King George V (1865-1936), the monarch of the British Empire during its zenith, surrounded by symbolic representations of his vast domain. Circa 1911, this image encapsulates the unity and strength of the British Empire through the use of powerful imagery. At the heart of the composition lies a quarter-sized inset portrait of King George V, dressed in regal attire and exuding an air of authority. His stern yet resolute gaze reflects the unwavering leadership that guided the British Empire through tumultuous times. The background of the photograph is dominated by the Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom, which symbolizes the unity and commonality of the diverse peoples and territories under British rule. The flag is held aloft by a majestic lion, a personification of the British monarchy and its unyielding spirit. Adjacent to the lion stands Britannia, the iconic female embodiment of the British Empire. She is depicted as a warrior queen, holding a trident in one hand and a shield emblazoned with the Union Jack in the other. Britannia's steadfast gaze and the lion's regal posture underscore the strength and determination of the British monarchy and its empire. In the foreground, an impressive fleet of ships sails towards the horizon, symbolizing the Empire's maritime prowess and global reach. The caption "One King, One Flag, One Fleet, One Empire" further emphasizes the unity and indivisibility of the British Empire under King George V's reign. This photograph print is a testament to the enduring archetype of the British monarch as a unifying force and the embodiment of the Empire's strength and resilience. It is a powerful reminder of the historical significance of the British monarchy and its role in shaping the world as we know it today.

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