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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

Emil Wolff (1802-79)

Prince Albert (1819-1861) signed & dated 1844

RCIN 42028

Pavilion Principal Stairs/Vestibule, Osborne House

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Prince Albert commissioned this portrait from the Prussian sculptor Emil Wolff in 1841 as a gift for his new wife. The Prince is dressed as a Greek warrior and at the centre of his breastplate is Victory (Viktoria), bearing in her hands a palm of Peace and a garland of honour, identifying the Prince as the Queen’s champion. When the statue was delivered to Windsor in 1844 Victoria called it ‘very beautiful’ (Journal, 8 Setpember 1844) but admitted that, ‘we know not yet where to place it’. Two years later she recorded that the statue had been moved to Osborne, explaining the decision in her diary:

Albert thinking the Greek armour, with bare legs & feet, looked too undressed to place in a room

Queen Victoria, 1 September 1846

The Prince commissioned a second version of his statue, modified by the lengthening of the tunic and the addition of sandals, to be placed in Buckingham Palace.

Full length marble statue of Prince Albert wearing a classical suit of armour chased with emblems of the British Isles and Coburg, with a cloak over his left shoulder. His left hand rests on the hilt of his sheathed sword; his right holds a circular shiel

Prince Albert ©