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Queen Victoria (1819-1901): Diamond Jubilee portrait

Jul 1893

RCIN 2912658

This photograph of the Queen, which was used as an official Jubilee portrait, was actually taken in July 1893, on the occasion of the wedding of the future King George V and Queen Mary. In its portrayal of the Queen it is in strong contrast to the photograph by Mullins, which is a dignified but very touching portrait of an old lady, the light in the left background giving an impression of coming peace and tranquillity. Downey's portrait shows a Queen Empress, Sovereign of a vast Empire: in this picture the light is concentrated on the Queen herself as she gazes into the distance. This photograph is closely related to traditional painted state portraits.

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