H.R.H. Princess Royal, The Empress Frederick of Germany (1840-1901)


H.R.H. Princess Royal, The Empress Frederick of Germany (1840-1901)

c. 1857 London

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HRH Princess Royal, The Empress Frederick of Germany (1840-1901)
Enamel, set in chased foliate gilt-metal frame

This miniature is after Winterhalter’s portrait in the Royal Collection of 1857 and may well be an engagement portrait, for in 1858 Victoria married Prince Frederick of Prussia. There is a similar signed portrait of the Princess by Bell in the Royal Collection ,see D. Foskett: A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, vol. I p. 161, ill. Vol. 11, pl. 16, no. 46.

Princess Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was known to her family as Vicky. She was close to her father, with whom she shared many intellectual interests.

When her husband’s uncle, King Frederick William IV, died in 1861, Frederick and Vicky were elevated to the status of Crown Prince and Crown Princess. Vicky’s affiliation to England caused her to be disliked and distrusted by many Germans and led to strained relations with her pompous, bombast tic and overbearing son and heir Wilhelm. In 1888, the Crown Prince succeeded his father as Emperor Frederick III, a reign which lasted 99 days as he died of throat cancer. Vicky was spared watching the anguish between the English and Germans which culminated in the First World War, as she died prematurely in 1901

Bell was the enamel painter to Queen Victoria for 50 years.
Height 65.00 mm (2.56 inches)
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