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John Brown; Queen Victoria
by W. & D. Downey Click on the links below to find out more
albumen print, 1868
5 1/2 in. x 3 7/8 in. (140 mm x 98 mm)
- John Brown (1826-1883), Gillie and personal servant of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 526 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 923 portraits.
The Queen is shown about to go riding, attended by her faithful servant and companion John Brown. When Brown died the Queen described him as 'my best & truest friend, - as I was his' and, much to the disapproval of her family, organised elaborate tributes to him.
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 87
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 634
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 152
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 147
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