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Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio (1810-71)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landing at Boulogne, 18 August 1855 dated 18 Aug 1855

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 81.1 x 97.0 cm (frame, external) | RCIN 451380

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Princess Louise is perhaps the daughter of Queen Victoria best known for her artistic talents, as she is responsible for the statue of Queen Victoria that sits outside Kensington Palace. Here, with meticulous attention to detail, the princess has copied a watercolour of the Royal Family arriving in Boulogne, by French naval painter Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio. Her version of the event perhaps even improves upon the original, turning a documentary depiction of the event into a more atmospheric scene.