John Brandard (1812-63, designer); M. & R. Hanhart (printer); S. Chappell & Co. (publisher)
Colour lithograph, ink on paper
Museum no. E.2452-1914
This is a music sheet cover with a portrait of the young Queen Victoria, showing her in fashionable dress. Royalty led taste and fashion, and women followed the style set by the Queen. Her dress is off the shoulder, and her bodice is long and pointed at the front. The skirt is made with tiers and frills of lace. Her hair is parted in the centre and looped down over the ears.
The popularity of the young Queen Victoria coincided with a period when large numbers of illustrated music sheets were being published. There were therefore many with images of the Queen and, after her marriage in 1840, of Prince Albert, either as portraits or at particular events.