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A Royal Presentation Portrait of Princess Victoria of Wales, 1899
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A Royal Presentation Portrait of Princess Victoria of Wales, 1899

Measurements: Overall: 32cm (12.5in) x 23cm (9in)



Standing portrait facing left, signed and dated in the lower mount in ink in the Princess’s hand ‘Victoria of Wales / 1899’. The reverse bearing the stamp of the ‘Napoleonic Library, Carisbrooke House, Twickenham’. Contained in a period easel backed glazed frame.

Princess Victoria (1868-1935), known as ‘Toria', was the fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and the younger sister of George V. Princess Victoria was educated at home by tutors and spent her childhood at Marlborough House and Sandringham. She was particularly close to her brother George, the future King George V. She was twice a bridesmaid but never a bride; first, at the wedding in 1885 of her paternal aunt Princess Beatrice to Prince Henry of Battenberg; and secondly at the wedding of her brother George to May of Teck. Although she had a number of suitors, the most notable of whom was King Carlos I of Portugal, her mother, Alexandra actively discouraged her from marrying. Instead she remained a companion to her mother, with whom she remained until Alexandra's death in 1925. The Princess then set up her own home at in Buckinghamshire village of Iver. She took a particular interest in the village life. She died at her home, Coppins, on 3 December 1935 and was buried at Frogmore, Windsor. Her death greatly affected King George V, who died a month later.