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In 1837 the English-born American artist Thomas Sully visited London, bringing with him a commission from an American society, the Society of the Sons of Saint George, to paint a portrait of the new Queen, Queen Victoria (1819–1901). Sully was given five sittings at Buckingham Palace at which he painted a bust-length study from which derived the full-length version (now in a private collection) for the Sons of Saint George. The Wallace Collection’s picture, also based on the life study, was commissioned for an engraving by Charles Edward Wagstaff. Principally through this engraving Sully’s portrait became one of the best-known images of the young Queen Victoria.

The Wallace Collection





oil on canvas


H 142.5 x W 112.5 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, after 1855; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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The Wallace Collection

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