Queen Victoria TheMET(5)
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Thomas Sully American 1783 – 1872
Queen Victoria , 1838
Oil on canvas
On June 20, 1837, Alexandrina Victoria ( 1819-1901), granddaughter of King George III, succeeded one of her uncles to the throne of England. She had just turned eighteen. Shortly after her accession, Philadelphia’s Society of the Sons of Saint George, a charitable institution devoted to assisting English immigrants, adopted a resolution that Sully return to his native country to paint the queen. In the full-length finished portrait, destined for the society’s meeting room, Sullly chose the moment of his subject’s official, and literal, ascendance in order to convey her dignity and humanity, her femininity and strength.
Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr.
From the placard: Metropolitan Museum of Art