Two paintings of Queen Victoria, who ruled Great Britain from 1837 to 1876, are going up for auction at Hansons Auctioneers in London. The auction will take place on January 28. Each painting is valued at £10,000. The Times writes about it.
The timing of the paintings’ creation is attributed to the period when the Queen was on the Isle of Wight. She painted two still lifes, one of flowers in a vase, the other of orchids and peacock feathers. The works were later found in a country house located in Surrey (south-east England). In 1945, Queen Victoria’s grandson Alexander Mountbatten confirmed its authenticity.
“Perhaps painting these flower paintings and creating other works of art brought me a bit of satisfaction and happiness. [королеве] in the years after Albert’s death,” said Chris Kirkham, deputy director of the British auction house.
The queen’s husband died in 1861 and the monarch mourned for decades. It was Prince Albert who taught him the technique of oil painting, in which canvases are drawn.
Let us remember that one of the paintings by the expressionist Edvard Munch was placed at the Sotheby’s auction, which was saved during the Second World War. The painting “Dance on the Shore”, also known as “Dance on the Beach”, is being sold by the estate of Thomas Olsen, a Norwegian shipowner, friend and patron of Munch.