EUGENE BARILO VON REISBERG | Garters and Petticoats: Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

What does official royal iconography tell us? What messages does it communicate about the sitters, and from the sitters? This paper deconstructs two official portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) in 1843. It outlines the complex semantic layering within this pair of British royal portraits, and explores in particular the emphasis on Prince Albert’s newly-acquired ‘Englishness’ and the notion of an iconographic ‘gender reversal’ within the context of traditional marital pendants. Download article pdf (487kb)