Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria, reduced copy by W. Warman, after  Thomas Sully, (1838) - NPG 1891a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria

reduced copy by W. Warman, after Thomas Sully
watercolour, (1838)
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (206 mm x 159 mm)
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1920
Primary Collection
NPG 1891a


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  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 494 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Thomas Sully (1783-1872), American painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
  • W. Warman (active 1830s). Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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The eighteen-year-old Princess Victoria was woken early in the morning on 20 June 1837 to hear the news that she was now queen. Artists revelled in the novelty of representing a young female sovereign. This work is a copied detail of a larger portrait, painted in 1837-8 by the American artist, Thomas Sully, of Victoria dressed in her parliament robe and posed by her throne. Such early depictions continued to communicate a romantic image of her as an ideal young woman, partly because it provided a sharp contrast to the declining, masculine monarchy that went before.

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