Princess Helena (1846-1923), by Susan Durant (1827-1873). Left: marble medallion of the princess as part of the Triqueti Marbles in the Albert Memorial Chapel, Windsor, 1866. Right: metal medallion, c.1864-66, 4 1/4" x 3 3/8" (108 mm x 85 mm), in the National Portrait Gallery collection, NPG 2023a(11), given by Sir Henry Paul Harvey (Susan Durant's son by Triqueti) in 1924. Queen Victoria commissioned the work in the chapel and had other versions made of Durant's portraits of the royal family. Princess Helena was Victoria's fifth child and third daughter. Here, the metal medallion is helpfully inscribed with both name and date. Note that in Jane and Margaret Davison's book, she is named Princess Christian, in view of her marriage in 1866 to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.
Text by Jacqueline Banerjee. Photograph of the marble version, cropped from a photograph of Plate XLVIII of the Davisons' book, taken by kind permission of the British Library. Metal Medallion, courtesy of © National Portrait Gallery. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]
Davison, Jane and Margaret. The Triqueti Marbles in the Albert Memorial Chapel, Windsor. A series of photographs executed by the Misses Davison. With a preface by Jane Davison (1876). Available at the British Library. General Reference Section 1762.d.3.
Created 20 May 2016