1 portrait on display in Room 28: wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
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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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 528 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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- Alexander Bassano (1829-1913), Photographer. Artist associated with 2806 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.