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Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers

1 of 3 portraits of Charlotte Canning (née Stuart), Countess Canning

Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers, by Jerry Barrett, 1856 - NPG 6203 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers

by Jerry Barrett
oil on canvas, 1856
58 1/4 in. x 86 3/8 in. (1480 mm x 2193 mm) overall
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6203

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  • Jerry Barrett (1824-1906), Painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Queen Victoria was deeply affected by the sufferings of her troops in the Crimea. Barrett shows her visiting disabled soldiers at the Brompton Hospital, Chatham on 3 March 1855. She is accompanied by her husband, Prince Albert, and their two eldest sons, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and Prince Alfred, (later Duke of Edinburgh). Seated on the bed talking to the princes is Sergeant Leny, who had fought at the battles of the Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman, while the figure lying in bed behind him is the badly injured James Higgins, whose 'appearance caused much painful emotion to her Majesty'.

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