New exhibition reveals Queen Victoria’s intimate life with Albert
an intimate portrait of Queen Victoria with her hair down – belying her traditional frumpy image – and a painting she commissioned of an american lion tamer are both part of a new exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
Victoria and Albert: Art and Love brings together more than 400 items collected during the the royal couple’s 21 years of marriage, from 1840 until albert’s death in 1861.
Curator Kathryn Jones said: “What we tried to do with the exhibition was bring out that it was really a partnership, that they inspired each other to col- lect and commission works of art. That’s why we’ve called it “ Art and Love”.
The exhibition is arranged chronologically, beginning with the royal couple’s engagement portraits, along with a giant fam- ily portrait by Franz Winterhalter and a picture of Prince albert’s beloved greyhound, Eos.
around a third of the objects in the exhibition were exchanged as gifts between the couple to mark special occasions.