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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Prince Albert in costume for the 1745 Fancy Ball, 6 June 1845


Creator: Louis Haghe (1806-1885) (artist)
Creation Date: 
dated 1845
Materials and techniques: 
Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil
27.3 x 20.0 cm
RL 13348
DM 2325
P(F) 227
Commissioned by Queen Victoria for her Souvenir and Portrait Albums; Haghe was paid £52 10s 0d ‘for 6 Drawings of the Fancy Ball & of our Costumes’ on 16 May 1846

A watercolour of a full-length standing figure, facing front, with his fingers on a table, in an elaborate interior, wearing a costume of the reign of George II.

The Queen described herself as ‘so proud’ of the Prince in his costume for the Fancy Ball. The outfit, which had been made by Messrs Roth and Freeman, won widespread approval: the Illustrated London News praised the costume’s ‘gorgeous splendour ... regulated with historical accuracy and refined taste’.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010

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Unframed Drawings / Watercolours