after Unknown artist
coloured lithograph, circa 1842
21 3/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. (552 mm x 376 mm) paper size
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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 444 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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Eager to signal a new age of royal prudence, Queen Victoria's coronation ceremony in 1837 had contained little historical pageantry. To compensate for this restraint, and to help stimulate local trade, newly married, she hosted three ornate costume balls with Prince Albert. Having chosen a fourteenth-century theme for the initial event, held in May 1842, they appeared as Queen Philippa of Hainault and Edward III. Lithographs such as this one publicised how the Queen looked on the night, wearing a costume modelled for accuracy on the tomb effigies of her predecessors, but clearly modified to accommodate Victorian corsetry.
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