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Ernest Rinzi (1836-1909)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Signed and dated 1897

Watercolour on ivory laid on card | 9.4 x 7.4 cm (sight) | RCIN 422305

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  • Queen Victoria is depicted by Ernest Rinzi wearing State robes, the Small Crown over a lace veil, the diamond collet necklace and earrings, the sash and star of the Order of the Garter and the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert, and a pearl bracelet containing a miniature of Prince Albert; a figurine of Britannia is to the right.

    Born in London in 1836, Ernest Rinzi exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1886 to 1899. He was also a member of the Society of Miniature Painters.

    Signed along lower right edge in white paint: E. RINZI, inscribed in white paint around the upper edge: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF H.M. QUEEN VICTORIA'S GLORIOUS REIGN 1897 / VICTORIA R.I. and inscribed on the reverse in ink beneath a sketch of the crown: In Commemoration of the Sixtieth / Anniversary of H.M. Queen / Victoria's / Glorious Reign 1837 – 1897 / Commemorative Miniature Portrait / of Her Majesty Painted on / Ivory by Ernest Rinzi M.S.M. / June 1897.

    First recorded in the Royal Collection during the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II

  • Medium and techniques

    Watercolour on ivory laid on card


    9.4 x 7.4 cm (sight)

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