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  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


    M. & N. Hanhart (printer)
    Jullien & Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph, ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by H.C. Andrews

  • Museum number:

    E.2645-1914

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case WM, shelf 14, box A

Object Type
This is a music sheet cover with a portrait of the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, printed by colour lithography.

Historical Association
The popularity of the young Queen Victoria coincided with a period when large numbers of illustrated music sheets were being published. There were therefore many with images of the Queen and, after her marriage in 1840, of Prince Albert, either as portraits or at particular events.

People
John Brandard was one of the leading artists illustrating music sheet covers during this early period of colour lithography. Brandard was renowned for his great technical skill and ability to convey delicate colours, in particular in his portraiture. He was also remarkably prolific.

Ownership & Use
The popularity of sheet music was partly due to the increase in domestic ownership of pianos, particularly after the introduction of upright pianos in about 1827. 'Pianomania' apparently began to spread among the middle-income levels of society during the 1840s, providing a market for the relatively expensive sheet music.

Physical description

Front page of a printed music sheet, featuring an image of a young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dancing surrounded by a gold border of a repeated pattern of stylized floral (including fleur-de-lys?) and circle motifs. The Queen is wearing a pale pink dress and blue sash fastened with a brooch. The Prince is wearing military red coat with gold trimmings and medals, gols tassled sash around his waist, white breeches and a knee garter.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca. 1840-1850 (made)

Artist/maker


M. & N. Hanhart (printer)
Jullien & Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph, ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

J. Brandard
Signed on stone, lower right

Jullien
Signed on stone, lower right, overwriting J. Brandard

LONDON, PUBLISHED BY JULLIEN, 3 MADDOX ST. NEW BOND STREET / THIS WORK IS COPERIGHT.
Across bottom

JULLIEN'S CELEBRATED POLKAS / No. 9.
Across top

THE QUEEN & PRINCE ALBERT'S POLKA, / AS PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME BEFORE / HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY, / & HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT, / ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR VISIT TO / HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, / AT STOWE &C. &C. &C.
Lower part

ENT.STA.HALL
Lower left

M + N Hanhart chromo lith. impr.
Lower left

Dimensions

Height: 34.6 cm unmounted, Width: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Page of a printed music sheet, featuring chromo-lithograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's, published by Jullien, designed by J. Brandard; London, ca. 1840-1850.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The popularity of the young Queen was apparent in the many music sheets bearing her portrait that were published in the 1840s. Music sheets were amongst the earliest printed media to exploit the technique of colour lithography. [2010]

Production Note

Publisher located at 3 Maddox Street

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Garter Star; Dress; Order of the Garter; Jewellery; Brooch; Watch; Medals; Sashes (costume accessories)

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Portraits; Music

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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