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Prince Albert, Prince Consort

A battle scene dated 1832

RCIN 980097.h

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One of four miniatures commissioned by Queen Victoria from Simpson for 30 guineas in 1847, this enamel depicts Count Emanuel Mensdorff-Pouilly, spouse of Queen Victoria's aunt, Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. The enamel appears to be after an untraced pas

Count Emmanuel Mensdorff Pouilly (1777-1852) ©

This album, inscribed ALBERT on the front cover, contains 94 pages of drawings and watercolours by Prince Albert, chiefly made in the early 1830s. The subject matter ranges from dynamic battle scenes to personal caricatures.

Many of the brightly coloured watercolours at the start of the album, including the one on display, feature a particular individual, who participates in many of the battle scenes. His identity is uncertain but it may be Prince Albert’s uncle, Count Emmanuel Mensdorff-Pouilly (1777–1852), who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and had an illustrious military and political career. Prince Albert continued to add drawings to the album until 1843, three years after moving to England on his marriage to Queen Victoria.

A watercolour showing a cavalry officer. He is shown full-length, standing and facing forward with his upper body turned to the left. He is holding a baton in one hand and has the other hand on his hip. He is dressed in military uniform with several medal

A soldier ©