The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-01-2021, 06:40 AM
mikegunnill's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Rochester, United Kingdom
Posts: 2
Unfinished Portrait: Queen Victoria

I am a new user seeking help please! I am sorry if I have posted this message in the wrong area.

I am writing about a painter Solomon Joseph Solomon 1860-1927 who was commissioned to paint the portrait of Queen Victoria. The painting was never finished and indeed became known as the unfinished portrait of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria’s died on the 22nd January 1901, on the 26th January The Sphere published a 63 page memorial special to Queen Victoria. Part of this, was a two page pull-out showing the “unfinished portrait,” as a relief halftone.

I have spoken to members of the present Solomon family and although they knew he was painting a member of the Royal family, they knew nothing more. They don’t know what happened to the painting.

I wondered if knowledgeable members here, know where the painting is now? As far as I am aware, the painting was copied for use in The Sphere, but has not been seen, since 1901.

Grateful for any suggestions or ideas where I could search.

Thank you

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	queenvictoria-unfinished05.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	207.0 KB
ID:	302511  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2021, 08:32 AM
Heir Presumptive
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Posts: 2,274

It's on the National Portrait Gallery's website, but it says "after Solomon J Solomon" rather than "by Solomon J Solomon", so I'm not sure if that means it's the original or if it's a print/copy.

If you e-mail , they should be able to give you more information.

Hope that helps.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2021, 08:35 AM
mikegunnill's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Rochester, United Kingdom
Posts: 2
I am grateful. The National Portrait Gallery lists the image from the publication, The Sphere, but not the original painting which is strange. I have previously contacted them, but still away a reply.

Thank you for your reply.
Upchurch. Kent. U.K.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2021, 08:38 AM
Heir Presumptive
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Posts: 2,274
Maybe an amazing story awaits - somewhere, some great-great-great-grandchild of Solomon J Solomon's got an old box stuffed with old papers shoved in their attic, and has no idea that the last ever portrait of Queen Victoria is in there, and possibly worth millions!

Good luck.
Reply With Quote

queen victoria, solomon j solomon, unfinished portrait

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Our Queen" (2013) - ITV Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II during Diamond Jubilee year Molly2101 The Electronic Domain 65 03-26-2013 04:28 PM
"Grace - An Intimate Portrait" by Howell Conant tbhrc Royal Library 48 05-07-2010 07:30 PM

Popular Tags
africa albert prince consort all tags america arcadie arcadie claret austria british british royal family caribbean caroline charles iii claret congo current events danish royal family death denmark duarte pio duchess of kent edward vii elizabeth ii emperor naruhito empress masako garsenda genealogy general news grace kelly grimaldi hamdan bin ahmed history india introduction jewels jordan royal family king king charles king philippe king willem-alexander leopold ier matrilineal monaco monarchy mountbatten need help official visit order of precedence portugal prince albert monaco prince christian princess of orange queen alexandra queen camilla queen ena of spain queen margrethe ii queen mathilde queen maxima queen victoria republics restoration royal initials royal wedding silk spain spanish royal family state visit switzerland visit william woven

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:54 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2023
Jelsoft Enterprises