by Henry Garland
marble bust, circa 1883
22 1/2 in. (572 mm) overall
Given by Alexandra Club, 1939
Sitterback to top
- Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Queen of Edward VII. Sitter associated with 478 portraits, Artist associated with 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The eldest daughter of Christian IX of Denmark, Alexandra married Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, in 1863. Renowned for her beauty, she was stoically tactful and kind towards her husband's mistresses and endeared herself to the British people through her charity work. Until she came into the possession of the Crown Jewellery in 1901, Alexandra had a quite limited range of ornaments, most of which were her marriage jewels. In this bust portrait she wears two strands of pearls and is similarly adorned in the portrait later painted of her by Luke Fildes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 9
Events of 1883back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Secret Ballot Act (1872), the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Act was a further measure introduced by Gladstone's government with the intention of limiting bribery and intimidation in elections. Candidates' expenses were published, and a strict limit set on expenses, and it also enabled poorer candidates to stand for parliament.
Art and scienceThe Royal College of Music founded in London, with the British musicologist George Grove as its first director.
Monet moves to Giverny, a village along the Seine, where he lives until his death in 1926. Renting a farmhouse he later buys, Monet designs a pond, redesigns the garden, and begins to paint some of his most recognisable images of water lilies, flower beds and the Japanese footbridge.
InternationalThe Brooklyn Bridge opens in New York, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, stretching 1825 metres over the East River. One of the oldest suspension bridges in America, it was the largest in the world upon completion. Designed by the John Augustus Roebling's engineering firm, the bridge is built from limestone, granite and Rosendale natural cement, in gothic style.
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