presented by the Mayor of Leeds, Sir James Kitson Bart MP
This portrait of Queen Victoria doesn’t appear to show her really enjoying the prospect of her Diamond Jubilee. She was clearly still in mourning for Prince Albert (who’s portrait is pinned to her dress).
However, many of her subjects were keen to celebrate her sixty years on the throne and to show their loyalty and patriotism, especially when it could also promote their business prospects.
Alf Cooke of Leeds was a chromolithograph printer who had great ambitions, used the latest printing technology and styled himself “Art Colour Printer to the Queen”. In 1897 he produced a colourful catalogue, titled “The Album of Colour Printing” showcasing the firm’s work and also illustrating the new state-of-the-art printworks he had built at Crown Point in 1894.
|Alf Cooke Ltd., printworks, Crown Point, Leeds|
|Coronation Playing Cards, printed by Alf Cooke Ltd., Leeds in 1953|