Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Queen Victoria, 1838
    Thomas Sully (American, born England, 1783–1872)
    Oil on canvas; 94 x 58 in. (238.8 x 147.3 cm)
    Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr. (L.1993.45)

    In an ingenious take on traditional state portraiture, Sully chose the moment of the queen's literal and physical ascendance in order to convey her dignity and humanity, her femininity and strength. Ironically, she could not gracefully climb stairs. "It gives her pain to ascend or descend steps," Sully noted. "I fear [there is] something wrong in the knee."

    This work of art also appears on Connections: The Ideal Woman

    Related


    On view: Gallery 756
    Move Separator Print
    Close
  • Queen Victoria, 1838
    Thomas Sully (American, born England, 1783–1872)
    Oil on canvas; 94 x 58 in. (238.8 x 147.3 cm)
    Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr. (L.1993.45)

    Move
    Close