John Brown(1826-1883), Gillie and personal servant of Queen Victoria
Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Scottish gillie; Queen Victoria's favourite servant. Brown's popularity with the Queen did not extend to the rest of her household and her family, who found his manners and his drinking habits offensive. Her affection reached its height when he defended her from an assassination attempt in 1872.
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by George Washington Wilson
albumen print, 1857
by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1868
'The Queen's visit to the City: Reception of Her Majesty at the Surrey end of Blackfriars Bridge' (including Queen Victoria; Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Beatrice of Battenberg; and John Brown)
probably by Sir John Gilbert, published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 13 November 1869
published by Morris & Newman, after Unknown artist
hand-coloured lithograph, 1876
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