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George Housman Thomas (1824-68)

Napoleon III and Prince Albert in Boulogne 1854; mistakenly dated 1853

Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour and gum arabic | 24.8 x 35.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920050

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In 1854 Albert visited Boulogne to inspect troops stationed there and visibly demonstrate the Franco-British alliance against Russia during the Crimean War. The emphasis here is on the cheering people welcoming the Prince on a bright sunny day. Albert commissioned this work as a Christmas gift for Victoria, who had not accompanied him.