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William Wyld (1806-89)

The Ball at the Guildhall, 9 July 1851 dated 1851

Watercolour and bodycolour | 29.4 x 43.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920218

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Two months after the Great Exhibition opened, Victoria and Albert were the guests of honour at a ball held by the Lord Mayor of London on 9 July to celebrate its success. Victoria described the Guildhall as ʻbeautifully decorated & crowded with peopleʼ. This watercolour was probably presented to them as a memento of the occasion.