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A Victorian portrait miniature of Princess Victoria, aged 13, wearing the badge of George IV's Family Order, painted in watercolour on ivory

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Artist: Anthony Stewart

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inscribed on the reverse ~Princess/Alexandrina/Victoria/ at the age of 13, in chased gilt-metal frame

Queen Victoria recorded in her journal the occasion in 1826 on which she was presented with the order which the Princess is depicted wearing : 'George 1V large and gouty ...said he would give me something for me to wear, and that was his picture set in diamonds, which was worn by the Princesses as an order to a blue ribbon on the left shoulder. I was very proud of this- and Lady Conyngham pinned in on my shoulder' (Letters of Queen Victoria, 1907, 1, p. 16)

One of the earliest in a series of miniatures of Queen Victoria as a princess painted by Stewart is in the Royal collection, painted when she was one year old. Stewart painted a series of miniatures of the Princess showing her up to the age of thirteen.

Anthony Stewart trained with the Scottish landscapist Alexander Nasmyth in Edinburgh before turning to miniature painting, firstly in Edinburgh and later in London. He specialised in painting children.
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Year                 1832.
Medium                 watercolour on ivory,
Signed                 inscribed on the reverse Princess/Alexandrina/Victoria/ at the age of 13
Condition                 Good
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