The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
This beautiful locket, set with a miniature of Queen Victoria is newly exhibited in the Royal Collection, and was, in fact, only recorded in the archive during the present reign. The locket of gold, pearls, emeralds, and diamonds was made circa 1870.
The miniature of watercolor on ivory was painted by a now unknown artist who used, as reference, a favorite photograph of Queen Victoria which had been taken by Hills & Saunders in 1865.
The reverse of the locket is inscribed:
TO VICTORIA ALBERTA GRANT SUTTIE / from / VICTORIA R / 16th Nov r. 1867.
According to the curators of the Royal Collection, "The recipient of the locket may have been Victoria Grant (b. 1858), daughter of Queen Victoria’s Head Keeper, John Grant although the date engraved on the locket was not her birthday (25 June)."