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John Thomson (1837-1921)

Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) February 1881

RCIN 2903617

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This portrait shows Princess Beatrice playing the harmonium at Osborne during the winter of 1881, when she was nearly twenty-four. The Princess was a talented musician and composer: among her works were a Kyrie, some songs, a chant written for Psalm CXXVIII, and the hymn sung at the christening of Prince Henry, later Duke of Gloucester, on 17 May 1900. This was sung again at the christening of his son, Prince William, on 22 February 1942.