New ex­hi­bi­tion re­veals Queen Vic­to­ria’s in­ti­mate life with Al­bert

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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.

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