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Queen Victoria

Oil Painting
1887 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Portrait of Queen Victoria

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Queen Victoria', Heinrich Anton von Angeli, 1887
Physical Description
Portrait of Queen Victoria
  • Approx. height: 126cm
  • Approx. width: 80.5cm
  • Frame dimensions (measured from highest point of frame in centre) height: 171cm
  • Frame dimensions width: 125cm
  • Frame dimensions depth: 6cm
Sight measurements (measured 04/07/07 by Emma Luker and Rachel Sloan)
Marks and Inscriptions
Signed and dated top left: Von Angeli 1887
Credit line
Lent by HRH Prince Michael of Kent
Object history
On loan from HRH Prince Michael of Kent since 1984

Historical significance: The Austrian portraitist Henrich von Angeli (1840-1925) was greatly favoured by Queen Victoria and her family, assuming the place previously occupied by Franz Xaver Winterhalter after that artist's death in 1873.

This is a close copy, painted by Von Angeli in 1887, of a portrait he had made of Queen Victoria in 1875. During the sittings in 1875, the Queen described the portrait in a letter to her daughter as follows: 'It is quite en face; hands crossed before me as I generally stand; my usual Evng. Cap - & a black satin dress cut square as I wear them in the winter.' (1) Queen Victoria was delighted by portrait, describing it as 'absurdly like' and 'a marvellous likeness - as if I looked at myself in the glass' (2).


(1) Oliver Millar, The Victorian Pictures in the Collection of HM The Queen, Cambridge, 1992, cat. 5, p. 4

(2) Ibid.
This is a close copy by Von Angeli of his 1875 portrait of Queen Victoria (Royal Collection)
Subjects depicted
Associated Object
T.94-1968 (Copy)
Bibliographic Reference
Oliver Millar, The Victorian Pictures in the Collection of HM The Queen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), cat. 5, pp. 4-5
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record createdJuly 4, 2007
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