Queen Victoria, 1845

RCIN 402326

Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1845

The Queen is depicted in evening dress. She wears the ribbon and star of the Garter, and the Garter round her left arm. Her headdress has imitation leaves of corn wound into it. In her Journal the Queen wrote about ‘a new head he [Winterhalter] is to paint of me, with a peculiar light effect’. This effect seems to owe something to Reynolds’s portrait of Nelly O’Brien in the Wallace Collection. Signed and dated: ‘F Winterhalter. / 1845.’ Inscribed on the back with the names of the artist and sitter and the date, 1845.

Via: The Royal Collection

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