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Sketch like a prince

Painting and sketch of a knight from Albert Edward's teaching sketchbook

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, was Queen Victoria’s eldest son. He was taught to draw by the artist Edward Corbould. Corbould prepared a special sketchbook for the Prince. He made a drawing or watercolour painting on the left-hand side of the page and the Prince copied it to the right. Explore this colourful sketchbook at the link below. Can you tell the difference between Corbould’s drawings and Albert Edward’s copies? Some of them are very similar!

Scroll through the pages of the sketchbook to see drawings depicting everything from fairies and demons to knights and guards. Which is your favourite page?

Albert Edward acceded to the throne in 1901, when he became known as King Edward VII. There is no evidence to suggest he continued painting as a hobby into adulthood.

Painting of Edward VII

This miniature painting of King Edward VII was presented by the artist, Sir John Lavery, to decorate Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle. ©