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Keyl reported in a letter that he had learned from Sir Edwin Landseer that 'The Queen was quite delighted with my Lambs brought them herself with her own hands into his bedroom – thought it quite Preraphaelite'.
Signed and dated: F.W. Keyl / 1868.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Keyl (1823-71)

April: Lambs in the Home Park at Windsor Signed and dated 1868

Oil on canvas | 30.5 x 49.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 407558

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The lamb is a significant symbol of Easter, signifying the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the rebirth associated with springtime.

This painting was given to Queen Victoria on her birthday. Keyl reported in a letter that:

The Queen was quite delighted with my Lambs brought them herself with her own hands into his bedroom – thought it quite Pre-raphaelite.