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After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

'Victoria, Duchess of Kent' c. 1861

RCIN 2083169

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Glass plate negative of a painting created by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1861 (RCIN 405385). The work depicts a half-length portrait of Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent (1786-1861). The duchess is seated on a sofa, facing three quarters to the left. She wears a dark silk dress and a lace cap of white decorated with ribbons. The duchess, Queen Victoria's mother, had died on 16 March 1861. The portrait was begun in June. The painter may have worked from photographs or from his earlier portrait of the Duchess in 1857 (RCIN 406883).

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative do not seem to exist in the Collection.

  • Creator(s)

    After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) (artist)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent (1786-1861)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives