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Paul Jacob Naftel (1817-91)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, Guernsey dated 1846

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 32.8 x 23.7 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920182

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A watercolour of a view of the thronged harbour of St Pierre, with the Royal Yacht on the right: Queen Victoria and the Prince Albert landing on the quay are met by the Governor with a Guard of Honour; with the church and town of St Pierre behind. Signed and dated, lower left.

Queen Victorian and Prince Albert visited Guernsey for the first time in August 1846. This watercolour by Naftel, a local artist, is very similar to a depiction of the royal couple’s arrival published in the Illustrated London News - it may be that Victoria and Albert saw the newspaper coverage and then commissioned this watercolour for their sequence of View Albums. The watercolour differs in one significant aspect from the print in the Illustrated London News, in that Victoria and Albert are seen from the front rather than from behind.