England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886
oil on canvas
241.4 (h) x 147.2 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne , Gift of the Hon. Sir William Clarke 1884
William Lamb, Lord Melbourne (1779–1848) was twice Prime Minister of Britain in the 1830s. When the young Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837 he became a mentor to her. After his resignation from parliament in 1841, his role of confidant and advisor to the Queen was taken over by her husband, Prince Albert. The young settlement of Melbourne was named after him in 1837, as was the new Colony of Victoria named after the Queen in 1851.