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Landseer had his first interview to discuss this picture two months after the royal couple's marriage in 13 April 1840; at this stage the painting seems to have been planned as a happy sequel to Queen Victoria Riding Out (Royal Collection), which was exhi

The royal couple loved to present each other with artistic gifts

William Essex (1784-1869)

Brooch of Victoria, Princess Royal 1842

RCIN 4834

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Mounted in gold, this cutout enamel miniature depicts Queen Victoria’s first child, Princess Victoria, clasping a string of pearls, from which hangs a real diamond and ruby crucifix. She has jewelled wings mounted at the shoulders. Inspired by a cherub in a painting by Raphael, Prince Albert designed the piece himself as a Christmas present for the queen.

The workmanship & design are quite exquisite & dear Albert was so pleased at my delight over it, its having been entirely his own idea and taste

Queen Victoria