Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

1 portrait of Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn, by Thomas Woolnoth, after  George Dawe, published 1820 - NPG D10702 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

by Thomas Woolnoth, after George Dawe
stipple engraving, published 1820
18 1/2 in. x 15 in. (470 mm x 380 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D10702


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  • George Dawe (1781-1829), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 43 portraits.
  • Thomas Woolnoth (1785-1857), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 121 portraits.

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In this engraving, based on the companion portrait that George Dawe made of Princess Victoria shortly after her marriage to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn in July 1818, the widowed Duchess sits serenely in mourning dress, holding her hands in a manner that accentuates her wedding rings. Though short, their marriage was happy. The Duke's sudden death left her and her new baby, Alexandrina Victoria, the potential heir to the throne, unprotected and impoverished. George IV refused to support them, and so her brother Prince Leopold had to take on the responsibility.

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