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George Housman Thomas (1824-68)

Queen Victoria at the unveiling of the statue of Prince Albert in Coburg, 26 August 1865 drawn 1865

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 44.5 x 34.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 914747

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Lizzie and Mary were the daughters of the queen’s forester and a local merchant respectively, and both later entered royal service. Victoria had herself sketched the two girls the previous autumn, referring to them in her journal as ʻdear little lassiesʼ.