When your life drastically changes in an instant

When your life drastically changes in an instant

8/11/2021, 6:00:29 PM
When your life drastically changes in an instant... Victoria Regina: Queen Victoria Receiving the News of Her Accession (1887) was painted by the British artist Henry Tanworth Wells (1828-1903). We see a moment in the early morning of Tuesday June 20, 1837. It shows the 18-year old Princess Victoria inside of Kensington Palace. She is just hearing about her accession to the British throne and recorded the events in her diary as follows: “I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning and consequently that I am Queen.” It would be the start of a 63-year long reign. And whereas Queen Victoria and her family commissioned quite some paintings during that time, this work was not made on commission. Instead Wells was inspired by a description he read of the events and decided to create a memory of this significant event. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Lovers #Love #Etching #Wells #Tanworth #BritishArt #BritishPainter #BritishArtist #Accession #Victoria #QueenVictoria #PrincessVictoria

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