Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

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Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, after Unknown artist, mid 19th century - NPG D8138 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

after Unknown artist
coloured lithograph, mid 19th century
9 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (251 mm x 175 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D8138

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This work celebrates Prince Albert's impressive appearance as Edward III at the costume ball of 1842. Despite the practical reasons given for holding such events, the number of images that exist where the royal couple present themselves in historical guises suggests a desire to experiment with their royal identity. Edwin Landseer was subsequently commissioned to paint a double portrait of them in costume, titled Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the Bal Costumé of 12 May 1842 (1846). The finished oil painting affirmed their interest in medievalism, while indicating continuity with royal exemplars of the past.

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