[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]. Queen VICTORIA, Prince ALBERT.
[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]
[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]
[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]
[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]

[Presentation album of 80 etchings by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert]

[Windsor Castle: 1840-1848]. Folio. (19 x 14 inches). 80 etchings, all mounted India paper proofs, by Queen Victoria (57) and Prince Albert (23).

Contemporary purple morocco, bound by Bignell, covers bordered with wide gilt filets, upper cover with central lettering and Royal crowns in gilt, spine with raised bands in six compartments, ruled, stamped and lettered in gilt, silk moire endpapers, gilt edges

Provenance: Sir Theodore Martin

Incredible album of original etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

A talented amateur artist, Queen Victoria took up etching as a hobby, introducing the art to her husband shortly after their marriage in 1840. The royal couple etched frequently for about four years, the Queen being the more prolific, producing sixty-two plates as against the Prince's twenty-five. Both Sir George Hayter and Sir Edwin Landseer taught the royal couple. The plates were etched at Windsor Castle, sometime with both Victoria and Albert working together on the same plate, and it is believed some proof impressions were pulled from a small press there. Some of the plates (though largely the proofs) were bit and printed by the Queen's dresser Marianne Skerrett, though most were re-bit and printed by Colnaghi. However, very few of each of the etchings were printed, the pastime being largely for the royal couple's own amusement; an occasional print and a very few sets, like the present, were distributed as gifts.

"The etchings offer a picture of the interests of the royal couple in their early married years. The prince had a keen interest in art and the Old Masters; he introduced Queen Victoria to German romantic literature and Goethe and Schiller in particular. Prince Albert read to the Queen from Schiller's works. Their family absorbed them and the children and dogs play an important role in the etching subject-matter" (The British Museum).

Two complete sets of the etchings are known: the Royal Collection includes a complete set of etchings, as well as many proofs, kept by Queen Victoria; a second complete set was presented by King George V to the British Museum. The present nearly complete album was presented to Sir Theodore Martin, the official biographer of the Prince Consort in 1869. Martin's biography, Queen Victoria as I Knew Her (1901) recounts the receipt of this album along with the now lost letter that originally accompanied it: "Of Her Majesty's executive power as an artist I cannot speak, as what I know of her work is confined to a few slight sketches, and the etchings which she made, when Prince Albert and herself were for a time fascinated by that attractive but difficult process. Of these I owe to the Queen's kindness a complete series. They came with the following note:- 'Osborne, May 3, 1869. The Queen sends Mr Martin to-day a volume of the beloved Prince's and her own etchings, which she has had purposely bound for him, and which she hopes he will place in his library, as a trifling recollection of his kindness in carrying out so many of her wishes."'

The album offered here includes all but five of Queen Victoria's etchings and all but two of Prince Albert's. The etchings not included are generally reworkings of other etchings present; see for example Scott-Elliot 23 and 25. The eighty etchings present are listed below as bound in the album (i.e. chronologically), with titles as per Scott-Elliott, and with plate size, date and Scott-Elliott (hereafter S-E) reference numbers:

1) [Head of a bearded man, nearly full face]. Etched by Queen Victoria, after a drawing by Prince Albert. 165x110mm. Dated 20 January 1840. S-E 26 (citing the date as 20/1 1841 though here with etched date 20/1 1840).
2) [A bearded Oriental wearing a turban in profile to the right]. Etched by Prince Albert. 162x137mm. Dated 28 August 1840. S-E 63.
3) [Wallenstein and his servant]. Etched by Prince Albert. 251x214mm. Proof before inscription, but 1840. S-E 64.
4) [Three heads]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 164x135mm. Dated 28 August 1840. S-E 1.
5) [Two heads, and men fighting]. Etched by Queen Victoria, after a drawing by Prince Albert. 125x165mm. Dated 1 September 1840. S-E 2.
6) Islay [A Highland terrier, full length, to right.]. Etched by Prince Albert. 156x102mm. Dated 9 November 1840. S-E 66.
7) [Romeo and Tybault]. Etched by Prince Albert. 279x231mm. Dated 16 September 1840. S-E 67.
8) [Ada IV]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x108 mm. Dated 18 September 1840. S-E 6.
9) [Ada III]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 232x152mm. Dated 1840. S-E 5.
10) [Ada II]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 128x83mm. Dated 1840. S-E 4.
11) Islay - - Eos [The heads of two dogs, a cairn and a greyhound]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 102x152mm. Dated 19 September 1840. S-E 7.
12) [Fiesko and Andrea Doria]. Etched by Prince Albert. 203x150 mm. Dated 21 September 1840. Second state. S-E 68.
13) Islay [The head of a cairn terrier, facing right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 100x150mm. Dated 22 September 1840. S-E 8.
14) Eos [The head of a greyhound, to right]. Etched by Prince Albert. 103x152mm. Dated 23 September 1840. S-E 69.
15 Waldmann - Eos [The heads of a dachshund and a greyhound]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 102x152mm. Dated 24 September 1840. S-E 9.
16) [Two girls in peasant costume]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x205mm. Dated 28 September 1840. S-E 10.
17) [The head of a dachshund [i.e. Waldmann], to right]. Etched by Prince Albert. 102x142mm. Dated 4 October 1840. S-E 70.
18) [A greyhound [i.e. Eos] standing, to right], Etched by Queen Victoria after Prince Albert. 152x202mm. Dated 4 October 1840. S-E 11.
19) Waldmann [A dachshund, full length, to right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 101x152mm. 12 October 1840. S-E 12.
20) [Prince Albert]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 252x210mm. 19 October 1840. S-E 13.
21) [Prince Albert]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 271x224mm. 26 October 1840. S-E 14.
22) [A girl seated, half length, in profile to right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 202x152mm. 31 October 1840. S-E 15.
23) [A figure in armour and cloak, bearing an axe]. Etched by Prince Albert. 204x152mm. 1 November 1840. S-E 71.
24) [A lady in Tudor costume, half length, in profile to right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 202x152mm. 18 November 1840. S-E 16.
25) [Frederick the Wise of Saxony, after Lucas Crancach]. Etched by Prince Albert. 248x197mm. 1 December 1840. S-E 72.
26) [A young woman, head and shoulders, in profile to the right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 151x102mm. 27 December 1840. S-E 17.
27) [Head of a young man with curling hair, in profile to right]. Etched by Prince Albert. 202x152mm. 18 December 1840. S-E 73.
28) [Leonore and Imperiale]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 202x150mm. 20 January 1841 ["20" etched in reverse]. S-E 27.
29) [A scene from Scott's Woodstock]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 167x202mm. 30 January 1841 ["30" etched in reverse]. S-E 30.
30) [A young woman in mediaeval costume, half length, in profile to left]. Etched by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 152x102mm. 3 January 1841. S-E 18.
31) [A woman with shawl over her head, full length, standing]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 164x110mm. 5 January 1841. S-E 19.
32) Eos [A greyhound asleep]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 101x152mm. 6 January 1841. S-E 20.
33) [Two women in Greek costume, one standing, the other crouching at her feet]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 203x152mm. 7 January 1841. S-E 21.
34) [Six men, in 16th century costume, seated round a table]. Etched by Prince Albert. 152x202mm. 8 January 1841. S-E 74.
35) [Head of a bearded man in profile to right]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x100mm. 9 January 1841. S-E 22.
36) [A young peasant woman with a basket of apples, holding a child's hand]. Etched by Prince Albert after a drawing by Queen Victoria. 152x102mm. 16 January 1841. S-E 75.
37) [Three women, full length, standing, one holding a mask]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 201x152mm. 17 January 1841. S-E 24.
38) [A man in Cavalier costume, three quarters length, standing to right]. Etched by Queen Victoria after a drawing by Prince Albert. 200x155mm. 18 January 1841. S-E 25.
39) [A girl kneeling at a shrine]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x102mm. 26 January 1841. S-E 28.
40) [The Apotheosis of Mignon]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 165x110mm. 30 January 1841. S-E 29.
41) [A sheet of various studies]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 151x203mm. 31 January 1841. S-E 31.
42) [A sheet of various studies]. Etched by Prince Albert. 200x162mm. 31 January 1841. S-E 76.
43) [Leonore, Arabella and Rosa]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 202x153mm. 7 Februry 1841. S-E 33.
44) [Three cherubs in a Gothic arch of lily leaves]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x202mm. 2 February 1841. S-E 32.
45) [Gotz of Berlichingen and the Pilgrim]. Etched by Prince Albert. 203x150mm. 8 February 1841. S-E 77.
46 [Hero]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 229x175mm. 21 February 1841. S-E 34.
47) Victoria [Princess Royal, with her nurse]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x112mm. 22 February 1841. S-E 35.
48) [Mignon]. Etched by Prince Albert after a drawing by Queen Victoria. 228x178mm. 24 February 1841. S-E 78.
49) [A goat]. Etched by Queen Victoria after a drawing by Landseer. 112x152mm. 1 April 1841. S-E 36.
50) [Two horses and a donkey at manger]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x112mm. 2 April 1841. S-E 37.
51) [Head of an old man, full face]. Etched by Prince Albert. 151x112mm. 3 May 1841. S-E 79.
52) [Three pigeons roosting]. Etched by Prince Albert. 163x111mm. 11 July 1841. S-E 80.
53) Victoria [Princess Royal, crawling holding a ball]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 110x162mm. 15 August 1841. S-E 39.
54) V. [Victoria Princess Royal, with her nurse, being fed a bottle]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x112mm. 21 August 1841. S-E 40.
55) Victoria [Princess Royal, seated looking right, holding a ball]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 112x180mm. 22 August 1841. S-E 41.
56) Victoria [Princess Royal, with her nurse, being fed a bottle]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 147x111mm. 23 August 1841. S-E 42.
57) Victoria [Princess Royal, seated on the floor, holding a rose]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 118x155mm. 25 August 1841. S-E 43.
58) [Two heads of eagles]. Etched by Prince Albert. 228x150mm. 28 August 1841. S-E 81.
59) [Two studies of horses]. Etched by Queen Victoria after Landseer. 203x150mm. 1 January 1842. S-E 44.
60) [A market scene, five peasant women]. Etched by Queen Victoria after Landseer. 152x202mm. 9 January 1842. S-E 45.
61) Victoria [Princess Royal, standing at a table with two playing cards]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 106x138mm. 12 January 1842. S-E 46.
62) [Two peasant women, one on crutches]. Etched by Prince Albert after Landseer. 200x152mm. 13 January 1842. S-E 82.
63) [Peasant woman in a shawl, wearing clogs]. Etched by Queen Victoria after Landseer. 177x113mm. 13 January 1842. S-E 47.
64) [A hay wain being loaded into a cart with two horses harnassed]. Etched by Queen Victoria after Landseer. 177x253mm. 6 February 1842. S-E 48.
65)[Victoria, Princess Royal, standing in profile to right under and arch of holly and ivy]. Etched by Prince Albert after a drawing by Queen Victoria. 158x120mm. 27 December 1842. S-E 83.
66) Cairnach [a Skye terrier]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 126x164mm. January 1843. S-E 51.
67) [Five studies of the Princess Royal]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 160x120mm. 7 January 1843. S-E 49.
68) [A nun and a small peasant girl]. Etched by Prince Albert after Landseer. 159x121mm. 10 January 1843. S-E 85.
69) [Head of an Arab wearing a fez and other various studies]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 114x178mm. 11 January 1843. S-E 52.
70) [Two children with a goat]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 127x163mm. 15 January 1843. S-E 53.
71) [Farmer standing beside a horse and cart]. Etched by Queen Victoria after Landseer. 150x228mm. 7 February 1843. S-E 54.
72) Victoria [Princess Royal, two studies in 18th century dress: one in profile to left, the other from behind]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 142x184mm. 26 February 1843. S-E 55.
73) [Crows and a fox attacking a dead stag]. Etched by Prince Albert after Landseer. 114x178mm. 7 March 1843. S-E 86.
74) Pussy Before goberg to Bed [three studies of Victoria, Princess Royal, on a chair, in a bath and being dressed by her nurse]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 150x212mm. 9 April 1843. S-E 56.
75) Victoria on Jan: 1 - 1844 in the Costume of the late Prince Royal after West [three studies of Victoria, Princess Royal in 18th century dress]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 162x212mm. February 1844. S-E 57.
76) Eos & Cairnach [Greyhound and Skye Terrier lying down]. Etched by Prince Albert after Landseer. 144x184mm. August 1844. S-E 87.
77) [Various small studies]. Etched by Queen Victoria after R. Doyle. 144x184mm. 8 January 1845. S-E 58.
78) [Five studies of the royal children]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 152x228mm. 9 January 1845. S-E 59.
79) Victoria and Albert as Gotha Peasants [The Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 178x254mm. January 1845. S-E 60.
80) Alfred [Prince Alfred wearing a sailor suit]. Etched by Queen Victoria. 200x118mm. 29 December 1848. S-E 61.

Aydua H. Scott-Elliot, "The Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert" in Bulletin of the New York Public Library, vol. 65, no. 3 (March 1961), pp. 139-153.

Item #31489

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