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Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll

4 of 853 portraits by W. & D. Downey

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll, by W. & D. Downey, 1868 - NPG P22(7) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
5 3/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (138 mm x 99 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG P22(7)


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  • W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 853 portraits.

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Considered the most beautiful of the royal children, Princess Louise was also the most unconventional. A talented painter and sculptor, she trained at the National Art Training School and examples of her work include a statue Queen Victoria in Kensington Gardens and the Boer War memorial in St Paul's Cathedral. She was an active supporter of the women's movement, and also pursued charity work, particularly as part of the war effort. Her marriage to the commoner John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, later ninth duke of Argyll, was popular with the public and viewed by the contemporary press as patriotic and 'democratic'.