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After Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

The First Council of Queen Victoria c. 1855

Albumen print | RCIN 2905577

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Photograph of a painting depicting Queen Victoria's first Council at Kensington Palace on 20 June 1937.

Queen Victoria held her first council in the Red Saloon at Kensington Palace at eleven on 20 June 1837; William IV had died in the early hours of that morning, so this was not in Princess Victoria's diary when she retired on the previous evening. She was eighteen years old at the time but behaved, according to Greville's account, with 'perfect calmness and self-possession'. The members of the Accession Council are identified in the key published with Charles Fox's engraving after the picture. The most prominent are: Charles Greville (1794-1865) the author of the famous account of the episode at the extreme left; Lord Melbourne, holding the paper centrally; Ernest Duke of Cumberland and (for the last few hours) King of Hanover, seated just to the left of the right-hand column; The Duke of Wellington, standing in front of this same column; Augustus, Duke of Sussex, seated on the near side of the table.

This painting is in the Royal Collection, RCIN 404710.
  • Creator(s)

    After Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) (artist)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843)
    House of Hanover
    Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron Holland (1773-1840)
    William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848)
    Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (1794-1865)
    George Stevens Byng, 2nd Earl of Strafford (1806-86)
    William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle (1772-1849)
    George Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll (1768-1839)
    Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (1768–1854)
    Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863)
    Charles Christopher Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham (1781-1851)
    Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey (1802-94)
    John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
    Mary, Lady Monteagle (1510-before 1544)
    Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865)
    Dunfermline, James Abercromby, 1st Baron (1776-1858)
    Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
    George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle (1773-1848)
    Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman (1779-1854)
    Thomas Erskine (1788-1864)
    George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle (1802-64)
    George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860)
    John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst (1772-1863)
    William Howley (1766-1848)
    Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
    George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey (1773-1859)
    John Wilson Croker (1780-1857)
    Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)
    John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell (1779-1861)
    James Brownlow William Gascoyne-Cecil, 2nd Marquess of Salisbury (1791-1868)
    John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland (1784-1859)
    Thomas Kelly, Lord Mayor of London (1772-1855)
    Ernst August, King of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland (1771-1851)
    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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