MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT AT
HER CORONATION. 1841
which includes about 200 portraits, was sketched by Baxter at the
ceremony on June 28th, 1838 from the gallery occupied by the Foreign
Ambassadors in the Abbey. He had been given special permission to
The Patriot of May 17th, 1841 reported that "Mr.
Baxter has taken no fewer than 200 likenesses from life, which will
have the advantage over all other representations of the imposing
scene of being literally accurate down to the minutest details."
The Times of that day commented on "The delicacy
and softness with which the colours are blended, [being] equal to
the very finest paintings."
The Queen is seen kneeling at the altar receiving the Sacrament
at the hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury. On the right is the
Coronation chair, on the left the altar, and on all sides distinguished
persons in formal dress, jewels, uniforms and orders. On the left
are three Archbishops and eight Bishops, and on the right the Duke
of Wellington. Here are found many distinguished persons of that
day, such as Lord John Russell, Lord Cottenham, Lord Palmerston,
Lord Melbourne, the Duchess of Kent, the Duchess of Sutherland,
Lady Flora Hastings, and many others.