Royalty of Time Past

A compilation of portraits of royalty from all over the world, from various times in history. Gallery created by: David Hopkins

Napoléon Bonaparte Premier Consul, François Gérard, 1803, From the collection of: Château de Chantilly
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French Emperor whose legend remains due to his military and legislative feats. This portrait of the French conqueror seems to depicts a meek nature rather dominance. But the royalty remains.
Abraham Lincoln Life Mask, Leonard Volk, 1860, From the collection of: Berkshire Museum
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America is commonly associated with the Civil War and the ultimate abolition of slavery in America. This is the innovative piece of art of my gallery as this is the actual face plaster of the President himself most likely used for the construction of the Lincoln Memorial located at the nation's capital.
The Queen, 1872. [Queen Victoria], W. & D. Downey, 1872, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch even until this date. So long, in fact, that the gamut of her rule is known as the Victorian era that saw much change in many aspects of the United Kingdom. This early photograph of the queen speaks for itself on the subject of royalty.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), François Clouet, 1558 - 1560, From the collection of: Royal Collection Trust, UK
It was the end of Mary's monarchy that was most significant. She was coup d'étated and imprisoned which led to her abdication and flight to the Queen of England for protection. There she was eventually executed after being found guilty for an attempt to assassinate the Queen. Her pale skin was wrought by her royally pampered lifestyle.
August the Strong, Guillaume Coustou, around 1705, From the collection of: Sculpture Collection, Dresden State Art Collections
He was bynamed "the Strong" for his Samson-like manpower he loved to display. As the king of Poland, he led the land to an enlightenment through reform. This bust of him was created in his honor as he strengthened the royal class in Poland.
Carlos III, Juan Pascual de Mena, 1764, From the collection of: Fundación Banco Santander
This king of Spain, was convinced of duty to return Spain to a position of world power , once again, when he assumed the throne. He possessed an astute form of royalty that made him seem to be a tyrant to some. This bust of him as created just five years into reign.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas Granville Chandor, 1945, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
As the 32nd President, he was initiated in office with a daunting task: the Great Depression. He is admired by American history for way he pulled the country of it's economic trouble and how he handled World War II. This portrait helped his veneration as he passed in the same year as it's completion.
Portrait of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Franz Russ, 1863, From the collection of: Schönbrunn Palace
Franz Joseph was the Emperor of Austria who enjoyed many years of peace but ended his tenure leading an alliance in to World War I. As the picture shows, he was a rigid who ruled with a form of royal absolutism.
Gustav III, King of Sweden, Lorens Pasch, 1780 - 1789, From the collection of: The Royal Armoury, Sweden
King Gustav III of Sweden was a herald of the Enlightenment which he began by getting rid of crude forms of Government method such as torture. He succeeded in reestablishing power to the royal crown. He takes his place amongst nobility in this portrait created during his tenure.
Mutsuhito, The Meiji Emperor, Artist: Toyohara Kunichika, 1881, From the collection of: National Museum of Asian Art
The ruler of the Meiji era succeeded in transforming the country from a formerly closed one to a world leader through social and political reform. He was admired by the people for the images of discipline and hard work that he upheld through everyday life. And this Japanese-styled portrait compliments his royalty.
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