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 had died on the 21st 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.
Accession Loan No.
103/1978x
Simple Name
painting
Full Name
The 22nd January 1901 (Reading the News of the Queen’s Death in a Cornish Cottage)
Medium
oil
Common Name
The 22nd January 1901 (Reading the News of the Queen’s Death in a Cornish Cottage)
Production Person Surname
Forbes
Production Person Initials
Stanhope Alexander
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)
Collection Class
Paintings
Production Town
Newlyn
Production County
Cornwall
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Europe
Production Date
1901
Production Year Low
1901
Production Year High
1901
Topography Village
Newlyn
Topography Building Keyword
cottage
Inscription / Transcription
Stanhope A Forbes 1901; Paignton 3 1076
Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:35
Updated At
2019-03-28 15:16:35

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