Rare etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are set to go on display for the first time this summer revealing the royals’ everyday life
Rare etchings made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are going on display for the first time this summer.
A free exhibition called ‘At Home: Royal Etchings By Queen Victoria And Prince Albert‘ will be held at The British Museum in from July 18 to September.
The artworks, made by the royals in the early years of their marriage, will go on exhibition to mark the bicentenary of both their births.
The etchings, a type of printmaking involving drawing on a metal plate, were completed by Victoria and Albert in the 1840s.
Museum curators say they show the royals ‘in a completely different light‘.
The display will present 20 artworks by the couple, featuring domestic scenes of their life in Windsor and Claremont, as well as their children and pets.
The royals were ‘talented and enthusiastic amateur artists‘ and their works were often collaborations, The British Museum said.
Some of the etchings by Prince Albert were based on Queen Victoria‘s earlier drawings.
The couple started etching shortly after their marriage in 1840 with the help of notable painter Sir George Hayter.
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They wanted the artworks to be shown only to their close friends and family, but in 1926 King George V, Victoria‘s grandson, donated them to The British Museum.
This year‘s exhibition will be the first time the etchings have been on public display.
Sheila O‘Connell, curator of prints and drawings at the British Museum, said: ‘As parents, both Victoria and Albert have been much criticised, but these images show them in a completely different light.
‘The scenes Victoria depicts in her drawings show her to be a very affectionate mother, and it‘s clear that both she and Albert enjoyed spending time with their children.
‘We‘re delighted that we can now put these works on display for the first time since King George V donated them to us.
‘It is the perfect way to celebrate 200 years since the birth of these towering figures of British history, who were also enthusiastic artists.‘
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert got married at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace on 10 February 1840.
They had nine children, four boys and five girls, born between 1840 and 1957.