Hire watercolour portrait painting
service , a portrait of our very own queen victoria which is on display on the wall in our gallery.
in her prime – and at age 38, this was still well before her reign ended - victoria was a very different woman to the one i know from today. she was a very different woman to who i have encountered in years since.
she had such a long life. she died in 1837, aged 50 – a century later! – after struggling with the effects of a severe stroke.
the life of victoria is one of the great mysteries of our human history. the victorian age was one of unprecedented progress – both in terms of material wealth and scientific and intellectual progress.
but why then in her later years was she not only suffering from severe symptoms from a stroke but, she seems to have been quite unable to cope, and it is said that she suffered from depression?
was she actually suffering from a neurotic illness in early life? or a mental collapse. possibly both.
to my mind victoria was a wonderful monarch, a great role model and a great personality, yet it seems to be true that her life was not without difficulty.
i was very fortunate to know her during her reign - not only as my teacher but also as my close friend. i have always regretted the fact that i never got to know her properly during the years she was queen.