What an amusing and unusual find this is. A one off and a labour of love, signed in wools 'Drawn and worked by A G Read'. Dated 1918 in the banner at the top of this large piece.
Stitched in several stitches and material - the 'white' section of the crown is cotton wool! And not a bad likeness to the young George V (1865-1936), King and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death. The time this tribute must have taken can only be imagined. The detail is immense, with stitching going this way and that in order to give depth and definition to the face, epaulets , medals, hair and beard.
It makes me smile!
A jingoistic piece, probably worked just after the end of WW1. Some of the references on the piece may give some information about the history of A G Read:
Belgaum, India - was a military camp built by the British Southern Army during their rule in India
Royal Warwickshire Regiment was based at Belgaum around this period
The Royal Army Medical Corps was also based at Belgaum in the early 1900's.
British Folk Art School.
In original oak frame and under glass.
Sight: 17" x 24.5” (43cm x 62cm)
Frame: 22.5” " x 29.5” (57cm x 75cm)
Portrait of King George V as a young man