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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

Footstool 1862

Wood, textiles | 20.3 x 44.0 x 32.0 cm | RCIN 34038

Queen's Sitting Room, Osborne House

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After her marriage to John Campbell in 1871, Louise continued to pursue her artistic endeavours and Royal charitable duties. Louise used her position to help charities focusing on women’s rights, including assisting in the creation of a day school trust, which helped parents who could not afford to send their children to school. She later became president of the Ladies Work Society, which encouraged the making and selling of needlework and embroidery for lower class women to financially support themselves; an avid artist herself, Louise designed some of their products. She had spent some of her younger years refining her practical skills, such as embroidering the upholstery on this footstool for Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in 1862.