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Sir George Hayter, Queens and Dandies

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Alfred, Count d'Orsay, a true dandy even if he was not a genuine Count. Painted in 1839. More about him here:
http://www.authorama.com/famous-affinities-of-history-iii-4.html


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A print of Teresa, Countess Guiccoli, a mistress of Byron, based on a drawing of her by d'Orsay.

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A portrait of a boy by Hayter.

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George Hayter (1792-1871) had a successful career as a portraitist, and Queen Victoria appointed him to be her 'Principal Painter in Ordinary' (a post previously held Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Lawrence), hence his knighthood; but he cannot be said to have been a portraitist of the highest quality. Even at the British court he became rather displaced by Winterhalter. But his early pictures of Victoria have real charm, and are in fact a familiar part of her iconography, even if most people, when shown one of them, could not identify the painter. This is Princess Victoria with her dog Dash,c.1836

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Anna, Princess Hohenlohe-Langenburg; a study for a large painting of Queen Victoria's coronation, in which she is shown as one of the guests.

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A detail from his painting of Queen Victoria's wedding. Though the arrival of Prince Albert, who had a relatively cultivated appreciation of art, was not beneficial to Hayter's prospects at court. The undoubted attractiveness of some his royal pictures is partly founded, I think, on a certain naivety of approach; so they do have a distinctive quality which is not to be found in the work of a more sophisticated society portraitist like Winterhalter.
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