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King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)

"Woe to the man that fails to learn" dated 1855

Pen and ink over watercolour | 17.5 x 26.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980478.p

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  • A watercolour showing two studies of a court jester dressed as a man and horse. The jester is shown full-length, standing and facing left in both studies. He is dressed as a man on horseback but his feet can be seen underneath the costume. Inscribed lower left: "Woe to the man that fails to learn" &c. Scot. Inscribed lower right: AE. fecit. Balmoral. /55 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, was given art lessons from an early age, and from 1852 began to learn Watercolour painting with Edward Corbould. Edward Corbould was a favourite tutor to the royal children as his light-hearted approach won him the affection of his pupils. This sketchbook is one of two in which he encouraged the Prince of Wales to practise watercolour and penmanship. The artist has drawn a sketch on the left-hand side of each page, which has been copied by the Prince on the right. Like his sisters, the Prince of Wales frequently presented his parents with works of art for birthdays and at Christmas, but he does not seem to have continued painting as an adult hobby. Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010
  • Medium and techniques

    Pen and ink over watercolour


    17.5 x 26.2 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Place of Production

    Balmoral Castle [Aberdeenshire]