Arrival of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington at St James's Palace

Maker

(artist)
1800-1890

Title

Arrival of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington at St James's Palace

Date of Production

(circa) 1851

Medium

graphite, watercolour, red bodycolour on wove paper

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm
Width: 19 cm

Accession Number

D.1967.WS.58

Mode of Acquisition

William Wycliffe Spooner, bequest, 1967

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords










Label Text

Eugène Lami was taught to paint in watercolour in his native France by Richard Parkes Bonington. Following the 1848 revolution he fled to England and for almost four years acted as a chronicler of royalty and high society. The contemporary French poet Charles Baudelaire described him as ‘the poet of dandyism, almost English in his love of things aristocratic’. This historical scene probably dates from 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition, which opened on 1 May, the Duke of Wellington’s 82nd birthday.

Provenance

Mertz (?); purchased from him by Colnaghi (London), 18 August 1958; purchased there by William Wycliffe Spooner, Ilkley (1882-1967), 24 September 1958 (£65); Spooner Bequest 1967

Exhibition History

British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Huntington Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 12/02/2005-15/05/2005; Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 18/07/2005-23/10/2005; Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House (Courtauld), London, 16/11/2005-12/02/2006

British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Huntington Museum and Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 12/02/2005-15/05/2005

Literature

The Spooner Collection of British Watercolours, Courtauld Institute Galleries; Huntington Library; Wordsworth Trust, 2005-06
Fig. p. p. 221
cat. no. 74

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: none.

Inscription: Recto: lower left edge, brown ink, signed by the artist: "Eugèn LAmi.". Verso: upper centre, graphite: "2" written over a "6"; upper right, graphite: "37"; lower right, graphite, Colnaghi number: "A23026".

Collector's mark: none.

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