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Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine, consort of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse & by Rhine, 2nd daughter of Queen Victoria (1843-78)

A scene from Tennyson's Enid dated 26 Aug 1860

RCIN 980946

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Prince Albert, who greatly esteemed Tennyson’s poetry, was given this watercolour (along with two others illustrating scenes from Tennyson’s Enid) by his daughter Princess Alice as a birthday gift. Enid was first published in 1859 as one of the first set of the Idylls of the Kings, the cycle of twelve narrative poems retelling the legend of King Arthur. This watercolour depicts Enid’s injured husband Geraint being carried to safety, with the weeping Enid accompanying him. Given to Albert, the Prince Consort on the occasion of his birthday, 26 August 1860