DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Bertram MACKENNAL | Queen Victoria at her coronation

Australia 1863 – England 1931-10-10
England, France and Italy 1882-88, Australia 1888-91, France 1891-94, England from 1894, with visits to Australia
Queen Victoria at her coronation 1897
overall 56.3 (h) x 24.8 (w) x 24.3 (d) cm
Purchased 1981
NGA 1981.20

In 1837, at the age of eighteen, Queen Victoria took the throne after the death of her uncle William IV. Her long reign until her death 1901 witnessed an evolution in English politics and the expansion of the British Empire. Mackennal’s statuette of Queen Victoria was intended to take advantage of the intense patriotism surrounding the celebration of the Monarch’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Small in size, yet monumental in feeling, the work is an idealised image of the youthful queen at the time of her ascension to the throne.

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