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PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN

Lady Elizabeth Keith Heathcote, née Lindsey
TWELVE DRAWINGS OF QUEEN VICTORIA AS A CHILD
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
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183

PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN

Lady Elizabeth Keith Heathcote, née Lindsey
TWELVE DRAWINGS OF QUEEN VICTORIA AS A CHILD
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
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Lady Elizabeth Keith Heathcote, née Lindsey
FL. 1815 - 1825
TWELVE DRAWINGS OF QUEEN VICTORIA AS A CHILD
including Princess Victoria riding a chair; Princess Victoria with a ball; Princess Victoria climbing a miniature chair; Princess Victoria and her nurse playing hide and seek; Princess Victoria seated amongst seashells holding a pen; Princess Victoria stroking a poodle; Princess Victoria riding a donkey; Princess Victoria seated on her nurse's lap; Princess Victoria with a dancing doll; Princess Victoria with a toy rabbit; Princess Victoria with Elizabeth Anne Heathcote with a flower crown; Princess Victoria taking tea with her nurse 
Quantity: 12
Each watercolour and pencil;
one inscribed verso: Princess... poem / writing to Charlotte to come here / Oct'; one inscribed and dated verso: ... Elizabeth for / I am going away tomorrow / Oct 2 1822  
Each circa 115 by 76 mm
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Provenance

By descent within the artist's family to Major Gresley;
Adeline Edwards, by 1897;
sale, London, Christie's, 16 November 2006, lot 181;
where acquired by the present owner

Literature

A. Edwards, 'A Peep at the Queen in Infancy', The Lady's Realm, London 1897, vol. II, pp. 135-138

Catalogue Note

The twelve drawings in this lot were drawn by Lady Elizabeth Keith Heathcote, the eldest daughter of Alexander, 23rd Earl of Crawford and 6th Earl of Balcarres. She was a talented amateur artist who, early in life, is thought to have taken lessons from Thomas Gainsborough.

In 1815 she married Richard Edensor Heathcote (1780-1850) and their daughter, Elizabeth Anne, became an intimate childhood friend of the future Queen. The drawings were made in 1822 while she was staying with the Royal Family at Ramsgate on the Kent coast. Each image is charming and the works offer a rare glimpse into the early life of the future Queen and Empress.

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