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Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

Compositions 1847-53

Manuscript with watercolour frontispiece | 23.8 x 34.0 x 4 cm (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1077784

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Bound in green velvet, with 'VA' monogram in gold metal on the front board

One of a pair of volumes of Prince Albert’s songs, composed between 1847 and 1853, consisting of settings of verses by his brother Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and the German lyric poet Ludwig Uhland (1787–1862). Music composition had formed an important part of Prince Albert's early musical education, and he developed a talent for composing small scale pieces, such as those featured in this volume. The frontispiece depicts St Cecilia, patron saint of music, in a watercolour by Lady Waterford, sister of Lady Canning, Queen Victoria’s Lady of the Bedchamber.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010.
  • Creator(s)

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    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61) (composer)

    Louisa Anne Beresford, Marchioness of Waterford (1818-91) (artist)

    Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862) (author)

    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
  • 23.8 x 34.0 x 4 cm (book measurement (conservation))

    24.0 x 4.0 cm (book measurement (inventory))

  • "Lebewohl": Wanderlied. With: Christmas hymn [and] Die Winter Reise / compositions by Prince Albert. []

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • printed & manuscript material
        • books
          • book: binding
            • book: binding with velvet
              • book: binding with green velvet
            • book: fine binding
          • book: with clasps
          • book: with furniture
          • book: all edges gilt
          • book: doublures
            • book: silk doublures
        • music scores
          • manuscript music scores
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical forms
          • Scores. Parts (music)