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Domestic Life of the Royal Family

101 of 112 portraits of Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse

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Domestic Life of the Royal Family

by Unknown artist
hand-coloured lithograph, 1848 or after
8 7/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (225 mm x 295 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1903
Reference Collection
NPG D20924

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  • Cannadine, Sir David (Introduction); Cooper, Tarnya; Stewart, Louise; MacGibbon, Rab; Cox, Paul; Peltz, Lucy; Moorhouse, Paul; Broadley, Rosie; Jascot-Gill, Sabina, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, 2018 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, 7 October 2018 -3 February 2019. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, 16 March - 14 July 2019.), p. 180 Read entry

    This image draws on a well-known portrait by the queen's favourite painter Sir Edwin Landseer entitled Windsor Castle in modern times; Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Victoria, Priness Royal (1841-3, Royal Collection) and presents a series of vignettes of family life with an emphasis on outdoor pursuits.

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Current affairs

Led by Feargus O'Connor, up to 50,000 Chartist members meet on Kennington Common, to form a procession and present another petition to Parliament. Although there was a large military and police presence, the rally was peaceful.

Art and science

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood a group of English painters, poets and critics, is founded by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, intent on reforming art by rejecting the artists who imitated Raphael and Michelangelo. Instead, they advocated a return to a close observation of nature, invested with the intense detail, colours, and compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art, producing works layered with symbolism.

International

Following the fall of the French monarchy, revolutions take place in France, Germany and Italy, provoked by a widespread desire for political independence from repressive regimes, and a range of economic problems which had caused unemployment, food shortages and poverty. Louis Napoleon becomes the first President of France's Second Republic.
The first gold rush takes place in America, after gold is found on the Sacramento river, California.

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