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King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)

An artillery man dated 1853

RCIN 980477.k

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A watercolour showing two studies of a soldier smoking a pipe. The soldier is shown full-length and from behind in both studies. He is standing with a pipe in one hand and a tankard in the other. Inscribed to the upper right of both studies: An artillery man. Inscribed to the lower left of both studies: Long life & happiness Inscribed to the lower right of both studies: A loyal subject Inscribed upper right: A.E. fecit. 1853. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, was given art lessons from an early age, and from 1852 began to learn Watercolour painting with Edward Corbould. Edward Corbould was a favourite tutor to the royal children as his light-hearted approach won him the affection of his pupils. This sketchbook is one of two in which he encouraged the Prince of Wales to practise watercolour and penmanship. The artist has drawn a sketch on the left-hand side of each page, which has been copied by the Prince on the right. Like his sisters, the Prince of Wales frequently presented his parents with works of art for birthdays and at Christmas, but he does not seem to have continued painting as an adult hobby. Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010