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Prince Consort's statue unveiling

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George Housman Thomas (1824-68)

Queen Victoria at the statue of the Prince Consort at Coburg, 26 August 1865 drawn 1865

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 44.5 x 34.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 914747

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This watercolour, commissioned by Queen Victoria, shows the marketplace at Coburg with the Queen and all her children in front of the recently unveiled statue of the Prince Consort. Thomas used existing studies for the portraits of the royal family, and drew another version from the opposite side of the square, which was published in the Illustrated London News (16 September 1865). On 9 March 1866 Thomas was paid 60 gns for this watercolour and £80 for his expenses and time spent going to Coburg to attend the ceremony.