The 22nd January 1901 (Reading the News of the Queen’s Death in a Cornish Cottage)

Description
The location has been identified as Primrose Cottage, Newlyn, and the sitters as the Hichens family and two others. Through an otherwise everyday breakfast scene, Forbes has evoked the affection in which the Queen Victoria was held, even in the remotest communities. The poignancy of the moment is enhanced by the gentle light falling from a single window upon the family and their simple homely possessions.

Queen Victoria died on the 22 January 1901. But in an age before television, radio and the internet many outside of the larger towns and cities would not have known until at least the following day. For these people, newspapers were the only source of national news other than word-of-mouth. Here Forbes commemorates the sense of loss experienced by a population who, for the most part, had known no other British sovereign. 22 January would be a date to remember.
Accession Loan No.
103/1978x
Collection Class
Paintings
Medium
oil on canvas
Common Name
The 22nd January 1901 (Reading the News of the Queen’s Death in a Cornish Cottage)
Simple Name
painting
Full Name
The 22nd January 1901 (Reading the News of the Queen’s Death in a Cornish Cottage)
Dimensions
stretcher H 964 mm; stretcher length 1240 mm; frame H 1253 mm; frame length 1502 mm; frame 110 mm
Production Person Surname
Forbes
Production Person Initials
Stanhope Alexander
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)
Production Date
1901
Production Year Low
1901
Production Year High
1901
Production Town
Newlyn
Production County
Cornwall
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Europe
Family Group

Topography Village
Newlyn
Topography Building Keyword
cottage
Inscription / Transcription
Stanhope A Forbes 1901; Paignton 3 1076

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