The Wedding of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and H.R.H. The Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 10 February 1840

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    George Hayter was born in London. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1808 and later taught drawing and painting to Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince Regent. In 1815 he was made Painter of Miniatures and Portraits to Charlotte and her husband, Prince Leopold. In the next year he travelled to Italy with the support of the Duke of Bedford and entered the Accademia di San Luca as its youngest ever member. Although Hayter returned to London in 1818, he moved back to Italy in 1826 and was in Paris from 1828 to 1831. Hayter settled in England in the early 1830s, was appointed Principal Painter-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria in 1841 and knighted the following year. Despite his successes, he was never admitted to the Royal Academy.
    Charles Edward Wagstaff was a line, mezzotint and mixed-method engraver, specialising in portraits and historical and genre subjects, engraved after works by contemporary artists. He was born in London, where he is thought to have lived and worked.
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    Title
    The Wedding of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and H.R.H. The Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 10 February 1840
    Date
    Medium
    Engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 62.30 cm, width: 90.80 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christopher Wood, October 1980
    Provenance
    Sold through Christie’s, South Kensington, on 21 April 1980 (Lot 37); from which sale purchased by Christopher Wood Gallery, London (listed in the Gallery’s records as ‘The Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 10 February 1840’); from whom purchased by the Government Picture Collection in October 1980
    GAC number
    15108