Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

1 portrait on display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, possibly by Louis Haghe, mid 19th century - NPG D8140 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

possibly by Louis Haghe
coloured lithograph, mid 19th century
10 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (276 mm x 200 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D8140

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  • Louis Haghe (1806-1885), Lithographer and watercolour painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.

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The documentation of the wearing of fancy dress became a standard part of this artistic tradition, as it prolonged the transformative power of the masquerade. Accordingly, an artist, believed to be Louis Haghe, was called upon to detail the theatrical appearance of the royal couple in eighteenth-century dress at their bal poudré of 1845. Similarly, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, would provide, in the queen's words an 'excessively pretty' watercolour sketch of them flamboyantly attired in French court dress at the restoration ball they held in 185. Their evident enjoyment of fancy dress was related to their private love of theatre, and another fashionable pastime - the construction of tableau vivant, in which the royal children wore costumes to re-enact pictorial scenes.

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