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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Louis-Philippe taking leave of Queen Victoria on board the royal yacht c.1843

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic | 19.4 x 44.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920029

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A watercolour depicting a scene in Queens Victoria's cabin on board the yacht "Victoria and Albert" when King Louis-Philippe and the French Royal family took leave of Victoria and Albert, who had been their guests at the Chateau d'Eu 2-7 September 1843. Signed at bottom right. Winterhalter was the premier portraitist in the mid-nineteenth century at many of the major European courts, working for those of London, Paris, Belgium, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid and St Petersburg, amongst others. He painted over 100 portraits for Queen Victoria and her extended family; the Queen esteemed him especially for his ability to capture a likeness, and the elegance, romance and naturalism of his works.