The Queen and Prince Albert at Home

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The Queen and Prince Albert at Home

by Unknown artist, published by George Alfred Henry Dean
hand-coloured lithograph, circa 1844
10 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (277 mm x 226 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1903
Reference Collection
NPG D20925

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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

    In this popular print, the royal couple are imagined playing with their four eldest children, emulating a scene made popular by Victorian artists, including Richard Parkes Bonington, who had depicted the French King Henri IV playing horse with his grandchildren (c.1827, Wallace Collection). A pair of doors was originally attached to the image, which opened to reveal the intimate scene.

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Current affairs

Britain experiences a railway boom. Peel's government passes a series of Acts creating provision of cheap, regular rail services. George Hudson, the first great railway entrepreneur, who controlled over 1,000 miles of railway track and whose enterprises made York a major commercial and transport hub, becomes known as 'the Railway King'.

Art and science

Disraeli's Coningsby is published. The first of his 1840s 'Young England' trilogy, it was the cultural manifesto of Disraeli's vision for a new Conservativism.
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson set up their innovative and pioneering photography studio in Edinburgh, capturing portraits of both Scottish society figures and workers, as well as urban and rural landscape scenes.

International

Tensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe over Russian imperialist ambitions, as Tsar Nicholas I describes the Ottoman Empire as 'the Sick Man of Europe'.
With the overthrow of the Haitians, the Spanish-speaking portion of the island of Hispaniola gains independence, as the Dominican Republic.

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