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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901

Daughter of the Duke of Kent, and granddaughter of George III; succeeded to the throne, 1837; married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, 1840; influenced to a considerable extent the foreign and home policies of successive governments, and the attitudes and manners of her people; her reign, the longest in British history, saw the consolidation of the Empire, the expansion of industry and commerce, numerous reforms, and the beginnings of state education and social welfare.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.