Claude Monet sighed when he saw Queen Victoria’s funeral cortege pass by in 1901

Queen Victoria died on the 22nd of January 1901. She was buried on Saturday, the 2nd February. Amongst those who watched the funeral cortege was Claude Monet who according to Daniel Wildenstein in his book Monet: The Triumph of Impressionism, ‘watched the cortege pass by from the first-floor window of a house where ha had been taken by Sargent, and where he met the American novelist, Henry James. ‘”I would have loved to have made a sketch of the occasion” said Monet, who had been in London attempting a series of painting of the Thames, and other London locations including Hyde Park and Leicester Square.

I wonder if there is anybody left alive today who witnessed the funeral of Queen Victoria?


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