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Robert Thorburn (1818-85)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) with Prince Alfred (1844-1900) and Princess Helena (1846-1923) Signed and dated 1847

RCIN 406891

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Queen Victoria is portrayed as a Raphaelesque Madonna, with Princess Helena as the Christ child and Prince Alfred as the infant St John the Baptist carrying his traditional reed staff. Thorburn pioneered a new flattening technique which allowed him to produce miniatures on ivory of a greater size than ever before.