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James Roberts (c. 1800-67)

Queen Victoria's Birthday Table at Osborne House, 24 May 1861 dated 1861

Watercolour and bodycolour over slight indications in pencil with some scratching out | 18.3 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919874

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Victoria and Albert also decorated present tables for family birthdays. They often gave one another works of art, and on both Victoria’s birthday in 1861 and for Christmas 1850, the prince bought his wife paintings by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an artist they both admired. This was the last of the queen’s birthday tables captured in watercolour before Albert’s death.