Isabella Henderson Thomson

Royal Victoria Gallery


The Royal Victoria Gallery was well-known for its charming profiles of children and family groups and, although unsigned, this is a typical example of their work. Isabella is depicted gathering flowers in a hilly landscape and is wearing a tiered dress that dates the portrait to around 1840.

The silhouette has been cut out and is well gilded with a watercolour wash background. It is set in an ebonised reeded frame with a later label on the back naming the child.

The Royal Victoria Gallery was established by the Frith family: brothers, Henry Albert and Frederick, in partnership with their father, John. The Gallery advertised as ‘PAPRYOTOMISTS to His Late as well as to her present Most Gracious Majesty’. They toured during the 1830s and 1840s producing highly finished work. When the introduction of photography threatened their livelihood, the brothers embraced the new technology and opened a Photographics Studio.

Item Ref. 6170

Size: framed, 180 x 135mm (7¼ x 5¼")