by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1887 (1882)
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (144 mm x 98 mm) image size
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Sitterback to top
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 530 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Alexander Bassano (1829-1913), Photographer. Artist associated with 2808 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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A great patron of photography, Queen Victoria was photographed by Bassano often. These photographs were the basis for a number of art-works, including a painting by Florence Small reproduced in 1887 as a colour lithograph. It was advertised in the press as the 'best portrait of Her Majesty' and recommended for the 'decoration of schoolrooms and other places where the festivities of the Jubilee will be held'. Bassano's photographs also informed Benjamin-Constant's 1901 painting of Victoria.
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Events of 1882back to top
Current affairsThe Ashes Test cricket series is born. The series gets its name from a satirical obituary published in the English newspaper The Sporting Times, stating that English cricket had died and its cremated body was being taken back to Australia, after England, with batsmen W. G. Grace and Charles Studd, lost the first home match to Australia at the Oval.
The Married Women's Property Act is passed, securing equal property rights between married couples.