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November 11, 2014



This is a copy by an unknown artist of a portrait of Princess Charlotte by George Sanders, the original of which was painted in 1816 and is in the Belgian Royal Collection. The sitter’s widower, Leopold I, King of the Belgians, ordered this copy as a present for Queen Victoria (the sitter’s first cousin) on her birthday, 24 May 1845.

The Princess appears framed as an oval, facing front, head turned almost in profile to the right; wearing an evergreen velvet dress with a high waist, jewelled clasp belt just below breast; double row of pearls around her neck, and a coronet of unusual design.

An interesting choice for a gift, considering that it was Charlotte’s death that necessitated Victoria’s conception. Like it was a literal race among George III’s pack of middle-aged sons to marry someone suitable and pop out a kid. 

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