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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Prince Alfred (1844-1900), later Duke of Edinburgh Signed and dated 1865

RCIN 404833

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Painted eight years before his marriage to Maria Alexandrovna, Winterhalter captures a youthful gleam in the sitter’s eyes. It forms one of a group of portraits completed at The Rosenau, Coburg, while on a family holiday. There are indications that the portrait was speedily done, yet the draughtsmanship appears effortless.

Commissioned by Queen Victoria.