Queen Alexandra (1844 – 1925), Danish born wife of King Edward VII of England, is depicted feeding the royal dogs a Borzoi, Scottish Deerhound, Four Collies, Schipperke and two Bassett hounds & pup, alongside the Royal kennels at Sandringham House accompainied by three, of what would be eventually be six grand children, being the children of H.M. George V and Queen Mary: Prince David Edward (later King Edward VIII)1894 -1972, Prince Albert George (later King George VI) 1895 -1952; Princess Mary Windsor (later The Princess Royal)1897 -1965.
During the nineteenth century in England, domestic subjects of family at home, children at play and others of the same sort were among the most popular type of genre paintings. Frederick Morgan was one of the greatest British genre painters of his time specializing in happy childhood scenes. His works were very popular as attested by the large number of reproductions created and sold during his lifetime.
Frederick Morgan was born in London, England in 1847. His father John Morgan (1823-1886) was a genre artist. Fred worked for three years as a portrait artist in Aylesbury and was engaged by a photographic firm to paint family portraits for those clients who were not satisfied with photographs only. In addition to portraits, he painted other subjects that included rustic idealized peasants and domestic genre mostly of happy childhood scenes. Starting 1874 Messers Agnew and Sons purchased all his work for a number of years. Fred’s popularity increased, as did the demand for his paintings of children scenes. Although he was an excellent child portraitist, he “had a problem painting animals,” As a result, he cooperated with other artists for his images that depicted children with their pets. Among them were the artist Allen Sealey (1850-1927) who specialized in canine portraits, and the genre artist Arthur J. Elsley (1860- 1952). The latter took on that role when he moved into Fred’s studio at 7 North Bank, St, John’s Wood in 1889. Three of these photogravures of one of his best known paintings, entitled Queen Alexandra, Her Grandchildren and Dogs (1902, dogs painted by T. Blinks) were hung in Buckingham Palace.
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