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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)

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

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This watercolour shows a female figure, possibly Queen Victoria, lying in a bed with her eyes closed. Two female figures, possibly her daughters, kneel at her bedside. Three angels above read from a scroll. Inscribed above in a gothic script are the words: Blessed are they that mourn, For they shall be comforted. The watercolour is inscribed lower centre: Louise 24 May 1862 Balmoral.

This date was the Queen's first birthday since the death of 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.