Victoria and Albert Watercolour Bookmark
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To coincide with the exhibition Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, explore this range inspired by the art of watercolour painting. Throughout their marriage, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert formed a wonderful collection of thousands of watercolours, many illustrating scenes of their public and private lives, and often spent happy evening together organising acquisitions into albums.
This bookmark depicts the watercolour named Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, Guernsey dated 1846.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Guernsey for the first time in August 1846. This watercolour by Naftel, a local artist, is very similar to a depiction of the royal couple’s arrival published in the Illustrated London News - it may be that Victoria and Albert saw the newspaper coverage and then commissioned this watercolour for their sequence of View Albums. The watercolour differs in one significant aspect from the print in the Illustrated London News, in that Victoria and Albert are seen from the front rather than from behind. This watercolour was originally mounted in View Album IV. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert compiled nine View Albums during their marriage. These albums contained watercolours and drawings documenting their life together and were arranged in chronological order.
21 x 7 cm.