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Gustav Karl Ludwig Richter (1823-84)

Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh (1853-1920) Signed and dated 1873

RCIN 405024

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Queen Victoria received this portrait just before her son’s marriage to the sitter in St Petersburg. She praised the likeness as ‘beautiful and quite worthy of a Winterhalter’. On the day of the wedding she recorded in her Journal how the picture was ‘surrounded by a wreath of evergreens & some orange flowers, tied with bows of the Russian colours’.