7 of 476 portraits of Queen Victoria
by Aaron Edwin Penley
watercolour, circa 1840
16 in. x 13 3/8 in. (405 mm x 340 mm) uneven
Given by John Steegman, 1959
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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 476 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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- Aaron Edwin Penley (1806-1870), Painter and drawing-master. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Queen Victoria succeeded to the throne in 1837 and married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha in 1840. In this miniature, which dates from the early years of her reign, Victoria is shown with a bust of Albert. She was devoted to her husband, with whom she had children, and was overcome by grief at his death from cholera in 1861 at the age of . In the portraits of the Queen made both before and after Albert's death she is frequently shown with an image of her husband sometimes in the form of a bust and sometimes in the form of a bracelet inset with his portrait.