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Bertram MACKENNAL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1863 – Torquay, Devon, England 1931

  • England, France and Italy 1882-88, Australia 1888-91, France 1891-94, England from 1894, with visits to Australia

Queen Victoria at her coronation 1897 Place made: London Paris, Greater London Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, England France
Creation Notes: modelled in London, 1897, cast in Paris, 1897
Materials & Technique: sculptures, bronze

Dimensions: overall 56.3 h x 24.8 w x 24.3 d cm ; weight 9.0
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.20

In 1837, at the age of eighteen, Queen Victoria took the throne after the death of her uncle William IV. Her long reign until her death 1901 witnessed an evolution in English politics and the expansion of the British Empire. Mackennal’s statuette of Queen Victoria was intended to take advantage of the intense patriotism surrounding the celebration of the Monarch’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Small in size, yet monumental in feeling, the work is an idealised image of the youthful queen at the time of her ascension to the throne.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra