Queen Victoria Enamel Portrait
Almost certainly a royal presentation item, the frame almost identical to one in the Royal Collection.
The National Portrait Gallery gives a good profile of the firm of Walery- "Walery was the by-line adopted by two photographers, a father and son who both adopted the working name Walery. The elder, Count Stanislaw Julian Ostrorog (1830-1890) was born in Mohylewo, Lithuania but spent most of his youth in Paris where the family went in 1831 to take political asylum. He served as a Captain in the 5th Lancers, in the Staff Polish Division as aide-de-camp to General Count Zamoiski on the British Government's payroll under General Storks. Subsequently, he was promoted to colonel in the Turkish army in 1854. Around three years later he moved to London. He became a British citizen in 1862. As a professional photographer, he first set up a studio in Marseilles and then Paris, which he sold in 1878, before opening his first studio in London in May 1883 at 5 Conduit Street. Following on from his successful portrait sitting with Queen Victoria in 1886 he moved to 164 Regent Street."
Queen Victoria was known to very much like these enamel portraits and gave them out as royal presentations. Some are inscribed from her on the reverse.
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