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Prince Albert and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 1851 (w/c on ivory laid on card...

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Prince Albert and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 1851 (w/c on ivory laid on card adhered to board affixed to panel)
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Thorburn, Robert (1816-76) / English
Royal Collection Trust
watercolour on ivory laid on card adhered to board affixed to panel
1851 AD (C19th AD)
36.5x32.2 cms
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Prince Albert (1819-1861) and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1818-1893) It was painted for Queen Victoria over the course of more than a year, and involved Thorburn travelling to Germany to complete the likeness he had begun of Ernest II. The first sitting took place on 26 February 1850, when Queen Victoria noted in her Journal: ‘After luncheon Ernest & Albert stood for a sketch to Thorburn, for a miniature he is going to paint of the 2 brothers together for me’ (RA QVJ). Prince Albert was reported to be sitting again at Osborne House on 2 August and Thorburn must then have departed for Coburg, for by 21 October he had returned and showed the Queen ‘the miniature of Ernest, which he has been painting in Germany & which is extremely like. It comes into the picture with Albert’ (RA QVJ). Thorburn evidently continued to work on the miniature throughout the winter, and by 31 March 1851 the Queen and Prince Albert ‘saw Thorburn with the beautiful miniature much improved’. Prince Albert’s diary selections for the period reveal that the brothers were portrayed in ‘old german [sic] costume’ although it was soon interpreted more broadly as a representation of Van Dyck costume.

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Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III, 2024 / Bridgeman Images
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