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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, by Lady Julia Abercromby; Heinrich von Angeli, 1883, based on a work of 1875 -NPG 708 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Queen Victoria

by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli
1883, based on a work of 1875
57 3/8 in. x 38 1/2 in. (1457 mm x 978 mm)
NPG 708

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated (lower right): J G A [in monogram]/after/V. Angeli,/1883.

This portraitback to top

This copy of the portrait by Von Angeli in the Royal Collection was painted with the idea of presentation to the NPG. It was approved by the Queen, who also liked the few slight alterations from the original. The artist, who had received lessons from Mrs Clarendon Smith of the Institute of Water-colours (information about Lady Abercromby's career in her letter of 22 November 1883, NPG archives), was one of Queen Victoria's Ladies of the Bedchamber. Queen Victoria is shown wearing the order of the Garter and the order of Victoria and Albert.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, greyish eyes, brown hair. Dressed in black, with a white lace neck, white cuffs, bonnet, and handkerchief, the blue sash and star of the Garter, the white ribbon and medal of the order of Victoria and Albert, a pearl bracelet with an inset medallion of Prince Albert, a small silver brooch, and a pearl necklace. Blue and orange sky, and brown and green landscape at left. Grey pillar and wall behind. The royal arms top right.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the artist, 1883.

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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