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by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli
watercolour, 1883, based on a work of 1875
57 3/8 in. x 38 1/2 in. (1457 mm x 978 mm)
Given by Lady Julia Abercromby, 1883
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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 546 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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Depicting Victoria shortly before she officially adopted the title Empress of India, which was proclaimed at a spectacular ceremony, known as a Durbar, in Delhi in 1877. The queen is shown wearing the Riband and Star of the Order of the Garter and the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert. This portrait is a watercolour copy of the original oil painting by von Angeli in the Royal Collection. The artist, Lady Abercromby, was one of the queen's Ladies of the Bedchamber. This copy was approved by the queen for presentation to the National Portrait Gallery.
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- Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years (5 March 2019 - 1 September 2019)
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Current affairsSamuel Plimsoll, a back-bench Liberal MP, campaigns for measures to prevent the practice of overloading unseaworthy vessels and claiming insurance. The Plimsoll Line is established; a line drawn on ships, it denotes the maximum legal load a cargo ship is allowed to carry.
The Public Health Act, the work of Richard A. Cross, sets down in detail the responsibilities of local authorities in terms of public health.
Art and scienceAnthony Trollope's masterpiece The Way We Live Now is published after serialisation. Containing over 100 chapters, the complex plot, following the fortunes of sham financier Augustus Melmotte, tackles the commercial, political and moral hypocrisy of the age.
InternationalDisraeli purchases nearly half the total shares in the Suez Canal Company from the bankrupt Egyptian Khedive, Ismail Pasha, securing a controlling interest in the trading route. Since Parliament was not in session at the time, Disraeli borrowed £4 million from the banking family Rothschilds, attracting much criticism from Parliamentary opponents, although he won popularity from the Queen and the public.
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