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Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


Reigning during the largest expansion of the British Empire, Queen Victoria was granted the title of Empress of India by Parliament vote in 1876. Notably, she was the first British reigning monarch to be photographed after camera technology became increasingly popular, and was first captured on the camera in c.1845. This portrait, commonly attributed to John Jabez Edwin Mayall in 1860, was in fact taken by Leonida Caldesi in 1857. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: May 1857
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Leonida Celdesi
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Queen Victoria by Jordan J. Lloyd, 1857

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered colorized original print from our ⇲ ColorGraph Co. imprint.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"First Chinese seamen granted shore leave in wartime America. Chinese seamen on United Nations' vessels may now obtain shore leave in American ports. Heretofore, because of the large number of desertions by Chinese crew members, alien seamen of Chinese nationality have been detained on board when their ships touched American ports. As a result of conferences between representatives of the Chinese Embassy, the Recruitment and Manning Organization of War Shipping Administration, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, Chinese seamen may now be granted shore leave if guarantees are given that they will not desert. Lee Ah Ding (left) and Yee Chee Ching, Chinese seamen from a British freighter, try typical American food for the first time. Yee took a hot dog in stride, but Lee refused to have anything to do with this strange foreign food. He did, however, drink a Coke with relish.”

Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857
Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857
Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857
Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857

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