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Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Signed and dated 1842

RCIN 401413

In his earliest depiction of the Queen, Winterhalter pays homage to the master of court portraiture, Van Dyck. Queen Victoria’s tiara is worn unconventionally low on the head, inspired by a portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, while the profile pose and shimmering silk echoes the portraits of various beauties during the 1630s. The rose is a traditional symbol of love.

Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1842

No. 12

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