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Photographic portrait of Princess Louise, looking to the right of camera

The captivating life and art of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter

Victoria, Princess Royal, Princess Alice, Princess Helena, and Princess Louise Signed and dated 1849

Oil on canvas | 56.5 x 69.8 cm | RCIN 405962

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This full-length group painting shows four of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughters in the grounds at Osborne House. Victoria, Princess Royal, (known as Vicky) is seated, wearing a straw hat, with Princess Alice in front of her on the left, arranging a posy of flowers; Princess Helena stands on the right, with Princess Louise, the smallest child, in the centre.

Princess Louise was born on 18 March 1848 and was the sixth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children. She supported the women’s movement and education for women. She was very artistic and was widely considered beautiful, flirtatious, witty and unconventional.