Queen Victoria

1 portrait

Queen Victoria, published by William Heinemann, after  Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson, published 1899 (1897) - NPG D33652 - © Desmond Banks

© Desmond Banks

Queen Victoria

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899 (1897)
10 in. x 9 3/8 in. (254 mm x 239 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1902
Reference Collection
NPG D33652


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  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 495 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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Produced to coincide with Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in June 1897, Nicholson based his portrait on a photograph of the Queen wearing a bonnet decorated with ostrich feathers. In contrast to recognised modes of royal portraiture, she is depicted here without the trappings of state, standing alone and unadorned. The artist at once illustrates the stoicism and fragility of her final years, and the woodcut earned him critical acclaim. Writing for the Daily Mail, Joseph Pennell remarked: 'I have yet to be shown a painting of Her Majesty worthier of a place in our National Portrait Gallery than this little colour print'.

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  • NPG D33653: Queen Victoria (impression from the same stone as)
  • NPG D32962: Queen Victoria (impression from the same stone as)

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