Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Wedding
Queen Victoria in Coronation Robes
Princess Victoria about Age 16
Sir George Hayter
(17 December 1792 - 18 January 1871)
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Prince of Wales Christening
Victoria of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent 1835
Sir George Hayter was the son of miniaturist, Charles Hayter but instead specialized in historical and portrait painting. He studied at the Royal Academy and in Rome. In 1837, he was appointed the portrait and history painter to Queen Victoria. After the death of Wilkie in 1841, he was given the title of 'principal painter and ordinary to the queen.' Hayter is remembered for his royal and group portraits. Despite his royal standing, he never was admitted to the Royal Academy and it is speculated that this is because he lived with a woman who was not his wife.
THE ROYAL MARRIAGE PICTURE"
“Mr. Hayter had the honour of submitting to her Majesty his large oil sketch for the grand historical picture of the Marriage, with which her Majesty was graciously pleased to express the highest approval."
"On Saturday, her Majesty honoured Mr. Hayter by sitting to him in the Marriage robes; and his Royal Highness the Prince Albert also sat to him for his great picture of her Majesty’s Marriage.” -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“Her Majesty, the Queen Dowager, and her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, honoured Mr. Hayter by sitting to him in the full Marriage robes, for his picture of that august ceremony.” -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester did Mr. Hayter the honour to sit for the great Marriage picture." -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“Their Serene Highnesses the Duke of Saxe Coburg-Gotha and Prince Ernest; and their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Augusta of Cambridge, did Mr. Hayter the honour to sit to him, to be painted into the grand picture of her Majesty’s Marriage.” -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“Their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge, and Prince George of Cambridge, honoured Mr. Hayter with a sitting for the historical picture of her Majesty’s Marriage.” -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“On Wednesday last, his Majesty the King of Prussia honoured Messrs. H. Graves and Co. with his autograph in their subscription book, as a subscriber for the forthcoming engraving from the Royal Marriage Picture." -- COURT CIRCULAR.
“Mr. Hayter had the honour yesterday to submit to her Majesty the Queen, his Royal Highness Prince Albert, and the King of Prussia, in Windsor Castle, his most beautifully ﬁnished picture of ‘The Royal Marriage’ when her Majesty, Prince Albert, and the king of Prussia, were most graciously pleased to express their entire approbation of this magniﬁcent painting." -- COURT CIRCULAR.
"Her Majesty's Printsellers and Publishers, MESSRS. HENRY GRAVES and Co., have authority to announce that, by HER MAJESTY'S SPECIAL PERMISSION, they will in April have the honour to exhibit, in their Gallery in PalLMall, THE MAGNIFICENT PICTURE OF HER MAJESTY’S MARRIAGE, Painted by GEORGE HAYTER, Esq., M.R.S.L., her Majesty’s Historical and Portrait Painter. Any attempt at Description of this Grand and Noble Picture must he very imperfect; but the Publishers beg to state, that THE SPLENDID ENGRAVING which they are to have the honour of publishing will enable all the admiring Patrons of Art to possess this, "THE ONLY AUTHENTIC MEMORIAL OF ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING EVENTS OF HER MAJESTY'S REIGN." Subscribers' names for this National Engraving received by Messrs. H. Graves and Co., her Majesty’s Printsellers and Publishers, where the Subscription Book, containing the numerous Autographs of the Royal and Illustrious Subscribers, is now open, and the Impressions will be strictly delivered in the order of subscription. Price to Subscribers: Prints, £4. 4s. ....... Proofs, £8. 8s. ....... Proofs Before Letters, £12. 12s. .......
The Art-Union, A Monthly Journal of the Fine Arts. London, April 1, 1842.
BY COMMAND OF HER MAJESTY, HENRY GRAVES and Co. beg to announce that have nearly ready for Publication, THE MAGNIFICENT ENGRAVING FROM THE GRAND HISTORICAL PICTURE OF THE CORONATION OF HER MAJESTY, QUEEN VICTORIA. Painted by George: Hayter, Esq., M.R.S.L., Her Majesty’s Historical and Portrait Painter; and Engraved in the most splendid style of Art, by H. T. RYALL, Esq., Her Majesty's Historical and Portrait Engraver. Not only has her Majesty been graciously pleased to give MR. HAYTER numerous sittings for this National Picture, but the whole of the Royal Family, the Forelgn Princes, the Dignitaries of the Church, the Ladies and Ofﬁcers of State, have all (by Special Desire) sat to Mr. Hayter for their individual Portraits; thus combining, in one grand Picture, nearly One Hundred Authentic Portraits of the most Illustrious Personages of the Age, assembled round the throne of our beloved Sovereign, in the venerable Abbey of Westminster.
Among the Numerous Subscribers whose Names already honour the Subscription List for this grand National Engraving, are the following Illustrious Personages: