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John Brown; Queen Victoria

2 of 12 portraits of John Brown

John Brown; Queen Victoria, by W. & D. Downey, 1868 - NPG P22(4) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Brown; Queen Victoria

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
5 1/2 in. x 3 7/8 in. (140 mm x 98 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG P22(4)

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  • 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 505 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 862 portraits.

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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.

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