possibly by and possibly after Louis Haghe
hand-coloured lithograph, 1840s?
11 in. x 8 in. (279 mm x 203 mm) paper size
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Sitterback to top
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 520 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Louis Haghe (1806-1885), Lithographer and watercolour painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The documentation of the wearing of fancy dress became a standard part of this artistic tradition, as it prolonged the transformative power of the masquerade. Accordingly, an artist, believed to be Louis Haghe, was called upon to detail the theatrical appearance of the royal couple in eighteenth-century dress at their bal poudré of 1845. Similarly, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, would provide, in the queen's words an 'excessively pretty' watercolour sketch of them flamboyantly attired in French court dress at the restoration ball they held in 185. Their evident enjoyment of fancy dress was related to their private love of theatre, and another fashionable pastime - the construction of tableau vivant, in which the royal children wore costumes to re-enact pictorial scenes.
Events of 1840back to top
Current affairsVictoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort. The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.
Art and scienceBeau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.
InternationalThe Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah. The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under Treaty of Waitangi.
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