Marriage of Queen Victoria, February 10, 1840
Not on view
Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, on the morning of February 10, 1842. Hayter, who had painted the coronation, was commissioned to depict this ceremony also, and Wagstaff's engraving reproduces his 1842 painting (Royal Collection). The couple join hands before the Archbishop of Canterbury, and their union is witnessed by 56 members of the court and royal family. Most of the attendees sat to Hayter between 1840 and 1841, including Victoria in her "bridal dress, veil, wreath & all," and the artist even included himself sketching at lower right.