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Blessed are they that mourn, For they shall be comforted

dated 24 May 1862

Pencil, watercolour, touches of bodycolour and gold paint | 30.0 x 21.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980980

A watercolour showing a bedside scene. A female figure, possibly Queen Victoria, is shown lying in a bed with her eyes closed. Two female figures, possibly her daughters, are shown kneeling at her bedside. The figure to the left is shown with her hands clasped together in prayer and her head bowed. The figure to the right is shown holding an open book, possibly a bible, and is looking up to the heavens. Three angels are shown above, reading from a scroll. Inscribed above in a gothic script: Blessed are they that mourn, For they shall be comforted
Inscribed lower centre: Louise 24 May 1861 Balmoral
Inscribed below mounted sheet: Composition

Queen Victoria's children often made cards and drawings for their parents as gifts on important dates, such as this watercolour executed by Princess Louise. 24 May 1862 was the Queen's first birthday since the death of her husband, Prince Albert, on 14 December 1861.

This drawing is housed in one of two volumes, compiled by Queen Victoria and containing works presented to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by their nine children. For other items in the volume see Princes & Princesses album.