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Memorial works

Victoria commissioned works that memorialised her beloved husband

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      Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert's (1819-61) marriage lasted 21 years until his premature death in 1861. Throughout their lives together, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert collected and commissioned art to celebrate their relationship, family and shared history. In her enduring grief, Queen Victoria continued this tradition, regularly commissioning new artworks and objects that memorialised Prince Albert. Queen Victoria instructed that Prince Albert’s private rooms at royal residences be preserved and documented, and initiated the creation of the mausoleum at Frogmore and the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor. Prince Albert was also commemorated by many public sculptures in Britain and internationally. The act of collecting perpetuates personal and cultural memory and Queen Victoria continued a number of Prince Albert’s album series and projects after his death.

      Queen Victoria and her children in mourning, seated around a bust of Prince Albert
      Mourning portraits

      Victoria commissioned portraits to both memorialise Albert and disseminate her image during her absence from public life

      Mourning ring containing photograph of Prince Albert
      Decorative objects

      Victoria commissioned and gifted a range of mourning objects, including jewellery, to commemorate and memorialise Albert

      Man standing in the middle of a construction site
      Memorial sculpture and architecture

      Victoria commissioned and collected many photographs that documented the establishment of memorials to Albert