Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria, by James Bromley, after  Sir George Hayter, published 1834 (1833) - NPG D33567 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria

by James Bromley, after Sir George Hayter
mezzotint, published 1834 (1833)
16 3/8 in. x 12 1/8 in. (415 mm x 307 mm) paper size
Given by William Roberts, 1940
Reference Collection
NPG D33567

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  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 505 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • James Bromley (1800-1838), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

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To emphasise Princess Victoria's qualities as an exemplar of young womanhood, artists revived the idealised imagery generated to commemorate Princess Charlotte, customarily depicting her as the 'Rose of England'. Sir George Hayter's appealing portrait of Princess Victoria best illustrates this connection. Posed gracefully with her hair formally dressed in a fashion reminiscent of the style preferred by Charlotte, she picks up the rose by her side. The significance of this image of her early self was retrospectively confirmed, when, on the occasion of her Jubilee, it was reproduced as a newspaper supplement with the celebratory inscription 'Our future Queen'.