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Eugene-Louis Lami (1800-90)

The Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace, 5 July 1848 dated 1848

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 38.0 x 33.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919902

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The queen and Prince Albert both enjoyed dancing and entertaining, and they hosted many balls at Buckingham Palace, attended by thousands of guests. The French artist Lami specialised in such glamorous society scenes – Victoria and Albert first discovered his work when they were given a present by the French king of an album including watercolours by the artist.