Reginald Easton (1807 - 1893)Reginald Easton began his career as an engraver but later took up painting portraits in miniature and watercolour. The fact that he was self-taught is remarkable when one considers the skill of his work. A sign of a great artist of his era was that He became particularly well known among aristocratic circles for his miniature portraits of children and was first recommended to Queen Victoria by her daughter, Princess Helena, in 1869.
Amongst his royal sitters were King William IV (1765-1837, uncle and predecessor of Queen Victoria), Princess Alexandra of Wales (1844-1925, later Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII), Prince George of Wales (1865-1936, grandson of Queen Victoria, and later King George V), Princess Louise of Wales (1867-1931, granddaughter of Queen Victoria), Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863-1950, granddaughter of Queen Victoria), Princess Elizabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864-1918, granddaughter of Queen Victoria), Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (1866-1953, granddaughter of Queen Victoria), Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900, grandson of Queen Victoria), and Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein (1869-1931, grandson of Queen Victoria).
Despite his elite clientele Easton failed to gain financially from his career, and ended up petitioning Queen Victoria for funds and again in 1891 he fell on hard times and wrote to the Prince of Wales to ask him to intercede with the Queen on his behalf.