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
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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 487 portraits, Artist associated with 5 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'.