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Queen Victoria, 1857, Colorized

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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
Remaster & Colorization: 
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Queen Victoria by Leonida Celdesi, 1857

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered black and white original print from our ⇲ Platinum Series.


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.


"In April 1857, Caldesi was invited to Buckingham Palace to photograph the royal children. This was the first of several successful commissions in 1857, which included a visit to Osborne House in May with his business partner Mattia Montecchi. On 26 May, Caldesi took the well known group portrait of the royal family on the terrace at Osborne, including all nine of Queen Victoria's children. Caldesi fulfilled further royal commissions over the next few years, including portraits of the young Princess Beatrice in 1859."

– Royal Collections Description

“Were occupied for 2 hours being all photographed, (we & the 9 Children) on the Terrace, by Caldesi. Dear Mama was also to have been done with us, but unfortunately she was not quite well & could not leave her room. Went several times during the day, to see her.”
– Queen Victoria. Journal Entry : Tuesday 26th May 1857.

Queen Victoria, 1857, Colorized
Queen Victoria, 1857, Colorized
Queen Victoria, 1857, Colorized
Queen Victoria, 1857, Colorized

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