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Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)

A scene from Tennyson's Enid dated 26 Aug 1860

Watercolour, bodycolour and pen and ink | RCIN 980946

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  • A watercolour with bodycolour showing a scene from Enid by Tennyson. The injured Geraint is shown being carried on a stretcher, with his grieving wife Enid walking alongside. Geraint's horse is shown following behind and a castle is shown in distance. 
    Inscribed lower right: Alice fecit et inv: Aug: 26 1860

    Prince Albert, who greatly esteemed Tennyson's poetry, was given this watercolour (along with RCINs 980947 and 980948, which also illustrate scenes from Tennyson's Enid) by his daughter Princess Alice as a birthday gift (recorded by the date on the work). Enid was first published in 1859 as one of the first set of the Idylls of the Kings, the cycle of twelve narrative poems retelling the legend of King Arthur.

    Given to the Prince Consort on the occasion of his birthday, 26 August 1860

  • Medium and techniques

    Watercolour, bodycolour and pen and ink