by Louis Haghe
hand-coloured lithograph, 1845
11 in. x 8 in. (279 mm x 203 mm) paper size
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Sitterback to top
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 532 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Louis Haghe (1806-1885), Lithographer and watercolour painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The documentation of the wearing of fancy dress became a standard part of this artistic tradition, as it prolonged the transformative power of the masquerade. Accordingly, an artist, believed to be Louis Haghe, was called upon to detail the theatrical appearance of the royal couple in eighteenth-century dress at their bal poudré of 1845. Similarly, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, would provide, in the queen's words an 'excessively pretty' watercolour sketch of them flamboyantly attired in French court dress at the restoration ball they held in 185. Their evident enjoyment of fancy dress was related to their private love of theatre, and another fashionable pastime - the construction of tableau vivant, in which the royal children wore costumes to re-enact pictorial scenes.
Events of 1845back to top
Current affairsCardinal Newman converts to Roman Catholicism. A leader of the Oxford movement , growing in influence since the 1820s, Newman had raised doubts about the authority of the Anglican church.
Ralph Etwall, MP for Andover, demands an inquiry into the administration of the Andover workhouse, which leads to the abolition of the Poor Law Commission, and resolution of Parliament to improve workhouse conditions.
Art and scienceThe American poet, short story writer, critic and leader of the American Romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe, publishes his narrative poem 'The Raven'. The poem is a supernatural tale of a mysterious talking raven's visit to a distraught lover, who descends into madness, and explores themes of self-torture and obsession.
The reconstruction of Trafalgar Square, by architects John Nash and Sir Charles Barry, is completed.
InternationalSir John Franklin's expedition in search of the North-West passage, the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin took two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, and a crew of 129 men made up Royal Navy officers. The crew never returned. Search parties sent out years later discovered the ships had got stuck in frozen waters, and that all the men had died.
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