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Princess Elizabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg, consort of Friedrich VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg, 3rd daughter of George III, King of the United Kingdom (1770-1840)

Flower piece with bird's nest dated 14 Nov 1792

RCIN 452491

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Of all the children of George III and Queen Charlotte, Princess Elizabeth – their third daughter – was the most talented and prolific artist. As well as painting in watercolours, designing fans, and making paper cut-outs, Princess Elizabeth designed decorative schemes for rooms at Frogmore House, including the Cross Gallery, which she adorned with panels of paper cut-outs and painted flower-garlands in swags.

Princess Elizabeth’s gift for flower painting is evident in this accomplished still-life, showing an elaborate arrangement of cut flowers, glistening with drops of dew. It is signed and dated: Eliza fecit (Eliza made this) Nov 14th 1792, and is a copy after a work by the noted flower painter Margaret Meen (active 1775 – 1822), now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.