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Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Eos dated 4 Oct 1840

Hand coloured etching | 11.6 x 15.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 816796

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Victoria was eight years old when she began weekly drawing lessons with the painter Richard Westall. After his death in 1836 she recorded that he was a ʻpatient, agreeable master, & a very worthy manʼ. Victoria often took those close to her, such as family members and pets (of which she was very fond), as her subjects. Her works also reflect her many enthusiasms. She enjoyed visiting the theatre to see operas and ballets, and often sketched the scenes and actors she admired.