This painting is based closely on a photograph by Argent Archer, London, which was reproduced in ‘The Illustrated London News’ on 26 June 1897. It represents the Thanksgiving Service outside St Paul's Cathedral on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, on 22 June 1897.
In the same issue another painting of the event by Gennaro d'Amato was reproduced, showing a closer view of the carriage outside the Cathedral and the crowds behind. The illustrations accompanied a lengthy account of the ‘Queen's Day’, which was hot and sunny. Queen Victoria was greeted by over a million-and-a-half of her subjects. She travelled through London in a horse-drawn carriage, from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral, together with members of her family. Here, she is seen seated in the carriage under a parasol, accompanied by Princess Helena and the Princess of Wales.
This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1899. It is the only work by d’Amato to have been shown at the Academy during the artist’s lifetime.
Gennaro d'Amato was magazine illustrator, who specialised in wash drawings. Between 1894 and 1901 he worked for ‘The Illustrated London News’, as well as for ‘The Graphic’ and the French publication ‘L'Illustration’. In 1894, his profession took him to Russia, then to Crete in 1896 and to Rome in 1901. His wash drawing of 'The Assassination of the King of Monza' was published in ‘The Illustrated London News’ in 1900. Most of his work was concerned with important events in the lives of the crowned heads of Europe. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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