Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Reigned 1837-1901
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About the artist
John Henry Robinson was born in Bolton, Lancashire. From 18 he was apprenticed to engraver James Heath, before working as a book illustrator. A commission from the Artists’ Benevolent Fund helped establish his career and in 1824 he exhibited six works at the Society of British Artists. Robinson illustrated Horace Walpole’s ‘Anecdotes of Painting’, Samuel Roger’s ‘Italy’ and engraved the vignette of ‘Britannia’ used on Bank of England notes for c.100 years. He was one of many artists who petitioned the King in 1837 for engravers to become members of the Royal Academy. At 55, he married Edith Blann, a widow, and rented New Grove, in Petworth, Sussex. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1867 and also became a justice of the peace for Sussex.
John Partridge was born in Glasgow. He studied under Thomas Phillips from c.1815 in London. In 1823, he travelled to France and then onto Italy, where he remained until 1827. He later settled in London, living first in Marylebone, before moving to fashionable Grosvenor Square and enjoying the patronage of many aristocrats. A self-portrait shows him in his richly furnished drawing room, surrounded by relatives and his fashionably dressed wife. He was appointed Portrait Painter Extraordinaire to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1842.
- Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Reigned 1837-1901
- published 1849
- Purchased from Christopher Wood, September 1980
- Sold through Christie’s, South Kensington, on 24 March 1980 (Lot 38); from which sale purchased by Christopher Wood Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Government Picture Collection in September 1980
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