Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Reigned 1837-1901
About the work
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About the artist
David Wilkie was born in Fife; the son of a vicar. He attended the Trustee’s Academy in Edinburgh from 1799 and enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools in 1805. In the following year he received a commission for ‘Village Politicians’, which was hung in a prime position at the Royal Academy exhibition and attracted further important patrons. He was elected a full member of the Academy in 1811. His most widely-known work, ‘Chelsea Pensioners’, was commissioned by the Duke of Wellington in 1820. Wilkie was appointed the King’s Painter in Ordinary in 1830. In 1840, he travelled to the Holy Land to gather material for biblical subjects. On the return journey he suffered a sudden illness and died. He was buried at sea, off the coast of Malta.
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Reigned 1837-1901
- Oil on canvas
- height: 269.00 cm, width: 174.00 cm
- Presented by Sir Dinshaw Petit, July 1980
- Sold through Christie's, London, artist's studio sale, on 30 April 1842 (Lot 658); from which sale purchased by businessman and philanthropist Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy (1783-1859) of Bombay, India; by descent to Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, 3rd Baronet (1901-1983); by whom presented to the Government Art Collection in July 1980
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