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The Opening of the Royal Albert Infirmary at Bishop's Waltham, 1865

2 of 136 portraits of Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

The Opening of the Royal Albert Infirmary at Bishop's Waltham, 1865, by Unknown artist, circa 1865 - NPG 3083 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Opening of the Royal Albert Infirmary at Bishop's Waltham, 1865

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1865
33 in. x 45 in. (838 mm x 1143 mm)
Purchased, 1940
Primary Collection
NPG 3083


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This portrait commemorates the opening of the Royal Albert Infirmary at Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire in November 1865. The three figures seated in the centre are Prince Arthur, Princess Helena and Princess Louisa, three of the nine children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. At the opening a statue of Prince Albert, who had died in 1861, was unveiled. The portrait depicts the sitters in the old abbey barn which was decorated as a concert-room for the occasion. In addition to the music, the leading actress Helena Faucit (later Martin) read scenes from The Merchant of Venice. Tickets were sold to the performance in order to raise funds for the infirmary.

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