In Brief

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Amateur Artists

Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901) . Courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.
An etiching by Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819–1901) (image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

What do Winston Churchill, George W. Bush, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert have in common? Besides contributing, each in his or her own way, to the systematic structures grounding imperialism, the Prime Minister, President, and British royals have all tried their hand at amateur art.

A photograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Roger Fenton, 1854 (via Wikipedia)
A photograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Roger Fenton, 1854 (via Wikipedia)

While Churchill and Bush stuck to painting, Victoria and Albert often created etchings together. And this April, two of those etchings will go on display at the London Original Print Fair (April 23–26), where they will take their place alongside works by Old Masters like Dürer, Goya, and Piranesi. You may be interested to know that the etchings by Victoria and Albert will not be for sale at the art fair.

While Victoria and Albert may be no Rembrandt, their work is certainly tasteful. One has to wonder why the royal pair haven’t had a retrospective at their namesake museum in London? Seems only fitting, though the V&A only appears to own one etching by the Prince Consort.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61). Courtesy of  Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.
An etching by Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)
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