Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg

Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg

After FRANZ XAVIER WINTERHALTER (1805-1873)
Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg

Offered by Amir Mohtashemi.
Date & Origin c. 1865, England
Dimensions
H
74 cm (29 inc)
W
53 cm (20 inc)
Description
The original is in the Royal Collection; commissioned by Queen Victoria and painted by Winterhalter either at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, between 16 and 26 June 1852, signed and dated F. Winterhalter / 1852. This copy was painted around 1865 and may have been commissioned by Queen Victoria herself.
Literature
Princess Victoria Gowramma was the daughter of Chikka Veerarajendra, the last rajah of Coorg, who was exiled to Benares after he was dethroned by the British in 1834. Chikka Veerarajendra and Princess Gowramma travelled to England in 1852. When presented to Queen Victoria, the Queen was instantly taken by the young girl and took the princess under her wings. Queen Victoria, along with her royal consort Prince Albert, was present at the baptism of princess by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 30th June 1852, when the princess was given the name Victoria Gowramma, after her godmother The Queen.
Two years later, when the sixteen-year old Maharaja Duleep Singh arrived in England, he too became a protégé of Queen Victoria. Duleep Singh had already embraced Christianity and this prompted the Queen to indulge in match-making between the princess and Duleep Singh. The queen saw this matrimony as a great opportunity to bring Christianity among the ruling families in India, which she thought would invariably spread amongst their subjects.
Although Duleep Singh liked the Princess, he was not keen on taking her as a life partner.
Medium
oil on canvas
Condition
cleaned, excess bitumen removed
P.O.A
Dimensions
H
74 cm (29 inc)
W
53 cm (20 inc)
Description
The original is in the Royal Collection; commissioned by Queen Victoria and painted by Winterhalter either at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, between 16 and 26 June 1852, signed and dated F. Winterhalter / 1852. This copy was painted around 1865 and may have been commissioned by Queen Victoria herself.

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