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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Signed and dated 1842

RCIN 401413

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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