Buckingham Palace, early morning June 20, 1837. Illustration showing the moment when the young Victoria is told that she will be Queen. Engraved by Emery Walker (1851–1933), from the 1887 painting by Henry Tanworth Wells (1828–1903). I rather like it as a black and white wood engraving – more mystery. But if you would like to see it in glorious colour – here it is.
The painting was later presented to Edward VII by the artist’s daughters, and is in the Royal Collection.
Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era and was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of great industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and social change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.