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After Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859)

Queen Victoria Receiving the Sacrament at her Coronation c. 1855

Albumen print | RCIN 2905579

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Photograph of a painting depicting Queen Victoria receiving the sacrament at her Coronation on 28 June 1838.

The painting shows the Queen, wearing the Dalmatic Robe but not the Crown and no jewels, receiving the Sacrament towards the end of the ceremony of her Coronation. The peers and peeresses have taken off their coronets. The Sacrament is being administered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Howley, assisted by the Sub-Dean, the Reverend Lord John Thynne. Viscount Melbourne stands behind the Queen, holding the Sword of State. Princess Feodora, Queen Victoria's half-sister, wrote to the Queen later that year that the moment depicted in the painting 'was the most touching of the whole ceremony, and one that is always before me; human greatness bowing before greatness above, I saw many eyes that were filled with tears; and I shall never forget that picture'.

The painting is held in the Royal Collection, RCIN 406993.
  • Creator(s)

    After Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859) (artist)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Archbishop of Canterbury
    Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel, Duchess of Cambridge (1797-1889)
    Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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