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Queen Victoria the First, (painting)

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Sully, Thomas  Search this
Queen Victoria  Search this
Exhibition Catalogs
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
This superb work of Art is now for the first time exhibited to the public, and it is deemed proper to apprize the visitors to the exhibition of the manner in which the portrait was obtained. . . . The Society of the Sons of St. George, established in Philadelphia, . . . having heard that the celebrated artist, Mr. Sully, was on the Eve of his departure to England, in October, 1837, adopted the resoLution to memorialize her Majesty to sit for her picture to Mr. Sully, . . . Lord Melbourne wrote to him to this effect: "Her Majesty commands me to say, that she will be much pleased to sit to Mr. Sully, in the middle of February (1838.], . . ." Mr. Sully . . . finished the portrait during the month of April, 1838. Mr. Sully was permitted to make a copy of the Portrait painted for the Society, while he remained in London, which he sold to a respectable publisher for a handsome remuneration. . . . [Pp. 1-5; excerpted from a detailed description of the work that also describes subsequent disputes with Sully over payment, right to copy, and legal matters related to the work's disposition. The catalogue also includes an essay entitled "Dissent of T.I. WHarton, Esq." that concerns the legal verdict rendered and the general issue of artistic rights to the created object.]
The Original Painting of her Majesty, Victoria the First, painted by Mr. Thomas Sully, expressly for the Society of St. George, Philadelphia.
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Control number:
AECI 08470001
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index