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by Bertha Müller, after Heinrich von Angeli
oil on canvas, 1900, based on a work of 1899
46 1/2 in. x 36 in. (1181 mm x 914 mm)
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- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 541 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and executed in Von Angeli’s studio by his student Bertha Muller. This portrait represents Queen Victoria nearing the end of her long reign, and she wears the blue sash of the Order of the Garter. The portrait is a copy after an original by the Austrian painter Baron Heinrich von Angeli, made for the sitter's own collection (Royal Collection). Von Angeli was a royal favourite who executed many portraits of the queen and her family. Her youngest child Princess Beatrice read aloud to her mother during sittings for the original portrait, which the queen described as 'wonderfully good'.
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- Gibson, Robin, Painting The Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 26 October 2000 to 4 February 2001), p. 50
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 475
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 635
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Current affairsGeorge Nathaniel Curzon, Lord Curzon, is appointed Viceroy of India, pursuing a mixed policy of forceful control and conciliation. Curzon's inquiries into Indian administration result in legislation in areas including education, irrigation, and policing. The Board of Education is created to co-ordinate the work of higher grade elementary schools, county technical schools and endowed grammar schools, also setting up a register of teachers.
Art and scienceThe Italian Guglielmo Marconi transmits the first wireless telegraph, between France and England across the English Channel, a distance of 32 miles. Marconi's production of waves over long distances lays the foundations for the development of the radio. Later this year, Marconi demonstrates his invention in America, at the Cup yacht race, and for the American navy.
InternationalOutbreak of the second Boer war, fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. Despite a disastrous start, Britain quickly won the war, although guerilla warfare continued until 1902, leading to the introduction of concentration camps by British commander Lord Kitchener, a measure which contributes to the British public's growing disillusionment with the campaign.
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On display at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA