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Eugene-Louis Lami (1800-90)

The Stuart Ball at Buckingham Palace, 13 June 1851 signed and dated 1851

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 30.6 x 45.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919904

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This watercolour depicts the last of three costume balls held by Victoria and Albert, which they hosted to support Britain’s textile industry. The theme of the ball was the reign of Charles II, and Lami worked closely with the couple to design their costumes. Victoria thought they were ʻreally beautiful & so correctʼ, and her exquisite dress remains in the Royal Collection.