7 of 532 portraits of Queen Victoria
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
by Aaron Edwin Penley
16 in. x 13 3/8 in. (405 mm x 340 mm) uneven
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Inscriptionback to top
Signed in pencil (lower right): A. Penley.
Inscribed on a label, formerly on the back of the picture: Queen Victoria, by Aaron Penley: c.1840./Painted from sittings, and bought by the Queen. On/the artist's marriage to Caroline Turner the portrait was/presented to him by the Queen, framed as it is. Caroline/Turner was sister of my great-grandmother Charlotte Amelia,/Mrs Chambers. Her son Claude Penley married my/great-aunt Eliza Steegman, and from him my father/ acquired the portrait./John Steegman, 1935.
Inscribed in ink on the original backboard, in an old hand: ... 77 ... [other letters or numbers not legible]/Her Majesty the Queen/Painted in 1840/by/[Aar]on Penley
This portraitback to top
The technique is that of a miniaturist. The bust on the pedestal represents Prince Albert. A letter from the donor of 27 January 1959 (NPG archives) confirms the history of the miniature.
Referenceback to top
NPG Annual Report, 1959-60 (1960), p 1.
J. Steegman, 'Aaron Penley: A Forgotten Water-Colourist', Apollo, LXVII (1958), 14.
Physical descriptionback to top
Fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Dressed in a black dress with a white lace neck, white handkerchief, pearl and gold bracelets. Leaning on a grey pedestal, with a grey bust on it, and a red pot. Behind at left a gilt and red plush chair with the monogram 'VR' in gold. Red curtain behind with a gold border. Small area of background at left greyish-green.
Provenanceback to top
As on the label above, presented by J. Steegman, 1959.
Reproductionsback to top
J. Steegman, 'Aaron Penley: A Forgotten Water-Colourist', Apollo, LXVII (1958), 15, with the date 1841.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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