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Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Eos dated 4 Oct 1840

Hand coloured etching | 11.6 x 15.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 816796

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Another impression of RCIN 816058, trimmed and hand-coloured. An etching showing Prince Albert's greyhound Eos. She is shown full-length, standing and facing right. She is wearing a collar inscribed with her name and has her tongue hanging out. A small bush is shown to the left.

Queen Victoria's first etching was made on 28 August 1840, under the guidance of Sir George Hayter who was working on his oil painting of the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (RCIN 407165) at the time.

Hayter was responsible for the acid-biting of all of the early plates but was soon replaced in this task by Queen Victoria's dresser, Marianne Skerrett. The London dealers and publishers Colnaghi & Co were also used for some of the more complicated plates. A printing press was set up at Buckingham Palace in 1840 by the firm of Holdgate but some of the royal couple's plates were also printed by a Mr Brown of Castle-Street, Windsor, in the autumn of that year.

For the newlywed Queen Victoria and Prince Albert much of the pleasure of etching was derived from working together and a number of their plates were collaborative efforts.

Eos was the favourite dog of Prince Albert. She accompanied him to England from the Prince's native Coburg when he married Queen Victoria in 1840.

Scott-Elliott no. 11