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Inscription on a door at English Harbour [i.e. Saint Johns] dockyard done by H.M. King George V in 1883, 1914 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011J/3

Scope and Contents

109 x 87 mm. The inscription reads 'A Merry Xmas 2 you all' and was painted by the then Prince George of Wales when he visited Antigua while serving as a Lieutenant on H.M.S. Canada. A newspaper cutting in Y3011E reproduces this photograph, crediting it to Dr Louis W. Sambon. That paper dates the painting 1884, although a letter from Sandringham confirms Bell's date: 'I have laid before the King your letter of the 19th December to Lord Stamfordham, together with the photograph ... His Majesty remembers forming one of the party which went ashore to paint this inscription, although he does not believe that he, himself, painted the whole of it.' [From Clive Wigram, later 1st Baron Wigram, Assistant Private Secretary to the King, dated 8 January 1914].


  • 1914 - 1915


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.



Date information

DateText: The date is approximate..


Sambon, Louis W, fl 1914

Finding aid date

2003-06-19 14:41:44+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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