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London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Holman Hunt was among the crowd on London Bridge on the night of 10 March 1863, celebrating the marriage of Princess Alexandra of Denmark to the future Edward VII. He made sketches of it, but did not complete this painting until 16 May 1864, retouching it in 1866. He was fascinated by the contrasts of natural and artificial light and by the 'Hogarthian humour' of the crowds. He introduced portraits of several friends and acquaintances, including Thomas Combe in a top hat on the extreme left, arm in arm with the artist himself; and Mrs Combe with Millais's father and brother and the artist Robert Braithwaite Martineau.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Date

1863

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 65 x W 98 cm

Accession number

WA1894.4

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Thomas Combe, 1893

Work type

Painting


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