Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Albert Married Feby 10th 1840

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Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Albert Married Feby 10th 1840

by S. Bradshaw, after Frank Topham
stipple engraving, circa 1840
11 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. (291 mm x 216 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1902
Reference Collection
NPG D20923

Sittersback to top

  • Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861), Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 208 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 548 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 5 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • S. Bradshaw (active 1840-1870). Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Francis William ('Frank') Topham (1808-1877), Watercolour painter. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Cannadine, Sir David (Introduction); Cooper, Tarnya; Stewart, Louise; MacGibbon, Rab; Cox, Paul; Peltz, Lucy; Moorhouse, Paul; Broadley, Rosie; Jascot-Gill, Sabina, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, 2018 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, 7 October 2018 -3 February 2019. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, 16 March - 14 July 2019.), p. 170

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Events of 1840back to top

Current affairs

Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.

Art and science

Beau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.


The Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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12 April 2018, 14:26

This print appears to have been the basis for a transfer-printed and enamel-painted version which occurs on white bone china of c. 1840, for example, a cup and saucer, also decorated with pink lustre, in the Fitzwilliam Museum (C.33 & A-1928). It was also used on milk or cream jugs, see Pinterest. The Fitz's cup and saucer is not marked, and lustreware rarely has marks, but if you have seen the print on earthenware or bone china with a factory mark, please contact the Dept. of Applied Art, Fitzwilliam Museum [email protected]