Engraving by William Henry Simmons after a painting by Gourlay Steell (1819-1894) and published by James Liddle Fairless, Newcastle upon Tyne. Within the home of a fisherman upon the royal estate of Osborne House on the Isle of White, it presents the seated Queen Victoria at his bedside, reading from a small bible, her loyal Scottish deerhound at her feet. It was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1880.
Unframed, but mounted on a linen and pine stretcher,
English, circa 1880
Height 28” (71cm) Width 34” (87cm)
Stock No. 9138
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Engraving by William Henry Simmons after a painting by Gourlay Steell (1819 – 1894), son of eminent wood-carver and brother of Sir John Steell, the sculptor. A master at painting the anatomy of animals, he was to become a favourite of Queen Victoria and, in 1872, was appointed her Animal Painter for Scotland. One of his royal commissions, and which now hangs in the private collection in Buckingham Palace, is ‘A Cottage Bedside at Osborne’ (1865). The painting acquired significant popularity because of Steell’s fine qualities of attention to detail, form and character and the creation of a luxurious and vibrant background with which he frames his subjects. Note the Queen’s fur cape, the grapes on the chair and the peacock feather on the wall. The picture is abundant with detail pertaining to the fisherman’s life and occupation as well as gestures of goodwill from his royal employer. It was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1880