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Above is full Chalon portrait of Queen Victoria. It was painted in 1837 by Alfred Edward Chalon, intended as a gift to Victoria’s mother and to mark her first public appearance as queen — for a speech at the House of Lords to prorogue Parliament. The painting became known as the “Coronation portrait,” and engraved images were popular with the public as early as 1838. This painting is the basis of the “Chalon head” portrait used on early Victorian-era stamps, illustrated above.

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