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George Housman Thomas (1824-68)

The reception of the Emperor and Empress of the French at Windsor Castle, 16 April 1855 1855

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic | 32.4 x 47.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919799

According to Victoria, all was ʻin a state of bustle, excitement & expectationʼ when the dashing Emperor Napoleon III and his glamorous wife Eugénie arrived for a State Visit in April 1855. This scene shows the couples followed by Victoria and Albert’s two eldest children about to ascend the Grand Staircase, Yeomen of the Guard standing to attention. Bertie, the young Prince of Wales, looks on with curiosity.