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A row of terrier dogs looking towards the camera

Beloved animals through the years

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Centrepiece 1842/3

RCIN 1570

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This centrepiece features a model of Islay, one of Queen Victoria's favourite terriers, standing on his hind legs. She described him as: 'a darling little fellow, yellow brindled, rough long hair, very short legs and a large, long, intelligent good face’.

Prince Albert designed the elaborate centrepiece in collaboration with the jewellery firm Garrard & Co. As well as Islay, the design incorporates models of other favourite royal dogs including the greyhound Eos and the terrier Cairnach. It was displayed at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Islay appears in the same pose in the painting Windsor Castle in Modern Times by Sir Edwin Landseer.