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Together with a companion portrait of the Prince himself (by C. W. Cope, RA), this was hung in the Great Room. Both pictures remained there until the alterations to the Society's House in 1922–1923 when they were removed to their present positions on the main staircase. In Horsley's painting the Queen and her children are shown as they would have been in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition, which Prince Albert so largely inspired and guided.
Royal Society of Arts
oil on canvas
H 335 x W 157 cm
purchased by subscription by members of the RSA as a memorial to Prince Albert, 1863
PRESENTED TO THE SOCIETY OF ARTS By Members, to record their appreciation of the great services of HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE CONSORT during the 18 years he held the office of President of the Society