Queen Victoria’s Drawings


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Queen Victoria was a well loved British monarch, known around the world for being the first monarch to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. But what it less known about her is that she enjoyed drawing – and she was actually pretty good at it. Here are a selection of sketches that span the range of her life. The collection has been newly released by the Oxford University Bodlein Libraries and Royal Archives, where the thirteen volumes have been locked up until now to avoid publication.

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Queen Victoria’s children in costume for a Twelfth Night performance: ink and watercolour sketch by Queen Victoria, Tuesday 6th January 1852

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A French soldier (Garde Chasse): pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria, Saturday 25th August 1855

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Women and children of Cherbourg: pen and ink sketches with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Tuesday 18th August 1857

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Poste Postillion: pen and ink sketch with wash and watercolor by Queen Victoria, Wednesday 6th September 1843

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French charabanc: pen and ink sketch with wash and watercolor by Queen Victoria, Sunday 3rd September 1843

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Belgian infantryman: pen and ink sketch with wash and watercolour by Queen Victoria, Friday 15th September 1843

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Scottish fisherwomen: pen and ink sketch with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Saturday 3rd September 1842

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Eos sitting: pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria, Thursday 1st August 1844

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Wounded soldiers at the military hospital, Chatham: pen and ink sketches with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Saturday 3rd March 1855

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Princess Louise dressed as a Highlander: pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria, Tuesday 18th December 1849

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Victoria, Princess Royal and Queen Victoria in costume: pen and ink sketch with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Friday 6th June 1845

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Prince Albert in Bal Costumé outfit: pen and ink sketch with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Thursday 12th May 1842

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Queen Victoria in Bal Costumé outfit as Queen Philippa: pen and ink sketch with watercolor by Queen Victoria, Thursday 12th May 1842

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See more of the drawings, alongside handwritten journal pages and a timeline of Queen Victoria’s life and times, on the project site.

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(via Brain Pickings)

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3 thoughts on “Queen Victoria’s Drawings

  1. I wish I could do that. I know a lady, extended family, that is extremely talented at drawing. She does portraits in amazing detail. There is a however. She agreed to let me manager her by getting places for her to draw. I had her set to display and sell her portraits. She backed out. I did pay her $50.00 each for 4 sketches. They are amazing. Well she just lost her house. She can be making serious money but wont do any portraits. $200.00 Per drawing and she wont do any of the orders I have. She likes to babysit for $9 bucks an hour. Oh well……..

  2. Incredible, but why should we be so surprised? Drawing was one of those mosts for well-formed/educated young ladies of her time.

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