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Facsimile Album

Most of the watercolours in this exhibition were originally pasted into albums. By 1900 they had apparently become dilapidated, in part due to Victoria frequently looking through the volumes after Albert’s death, and they were dismantled and reorganised in the 1930s.

This facsimile of one of Victoria and Albert’s original albums was made in 2019 in the Royal Bindery at Windsor Castle. Its appearance is based on a surviving album of theatrical watercolours compiled by the couple, and the watercolours included (as modern digital prints) are taken from an early list of the contents of one of the albums. This film gives more information about the facsimile project.

Recreating Queen Victoria's watercolour album ©