Gertrude Massey (1868-1957) King Haakon VII
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|Gertrude Massey (British, 1868 - 1957) Watercolour on ivory. Portrait miniature of King Haakon VII of Norway (1872 - 1957), in uniform, wearing blue shoulder belt and medals. Signed to obverse, “Gertrude Massey”. Oval, 10 cms. X 7 1/2 cms. (4 inches X 3 inches). Provenance: Bonhams, London, 2006. Haakon VII (Prince Carl of Denmark and Iceland) was born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel, on the 3 August 1872. He was known as Prince Carl of Denmark until 1905 and was the first King of Norway after the 1905 dissolution of the union with Sweden. He was one of the few elected monarchs. Haakon quickly won the respect and affection of his people and played a pivotal role in uniting the Norwegian nation in its resistance to the Nazi invasion, and subsequent five-year-long occupation of his country during World War II. In Norway, Haakon is regarded as one of the greatest Norwegians of the twentieth century and is particularly revered for his courage during the German invasion—he threatened abdication if the government cooperated with the invading Germans—and for his leadership and preservation of Norwegian unity during the Nazi occupation. He died at the age of 85 on 21 September 1957, after having reigned for nearly 52 years. Gertrude Massey is a highly respected 20th Century portrait miniaturist. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1898 - 1911. She painted many members of European royalty.|