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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914)

A Peep at the Train 1892

RCIN 403759

Durbar Corridor, Osborne House

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This remarkable and extensive series of portraits was painted by Swoboda for Queen Victoria while he was in India. The Queen had commissioned the artist to record the ‘different nationalities’ among her Indian subjects in a series of small-scale sketches and studies. They were placed in the Durbar corridor, leading to the newly constructed Durbar Hall at Osborne House, where they remain.