William Corden the younger

Author: FNRC
Date published: 27/06/2015
© Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Vol.13


William Corden the younger (1819-1920), painter, was born in Derby, where he was baptized at St. Alkmund’s Church on 19 August 1919; he moved with his family to Windsor in 1829.

He studied and worked with his father and they travelled together to Coburg in 1844 where he pained six watercolour views of the town for Prince Albert.

The younger Corden was sent to Lisbon in 1850 by Queen Victoria and the prince to copy the portrait of Ferdinand, king consort of Portugal, by Ferdinand Krumholz.

Instead it was arranged that he should himself paint full-lengths of Queen Maria II and her husband (Royal Collection).

Corden was constantly employed by Queen Victoria to copy portraits in her collection, usually as presents.

These included about fifty by F.X. Winterhalter and others by such artists as H. von Angeli, A. Graefle, H.R. Graves, G. Koberwein, R. Lauchert, J. Lucas and J. Sant. Corden also painted photographs of watercolours for the queen. He exhibited eight works, including subject pictures, at the Royal Academy, between 1843 and 1855, and one at the British Institution.

William Corden the younger died on 7 September 1900 at Salisbury Terrace, Newbury, Berkshire.

His son Victor Milton Corden (c. 1860-1939) painter of landscape and military subjects, who was baptized on 28 July 1860 at Datchet, Buckinghamshire, when his mother’s name was recorded as Elizabeth, also worked for Queen Victoria.

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