Left arm and hand of Princess Louise
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 34578

Left arm and hand of Princess Louise


Mary Thornycroft

Commissioned by Queen Victoria

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One of the more unusual ways the Queen kept souvenirs of her children was by commissioning marble facsimiles of their infant forearms and feet. Each carving was based on a plaster cast made from moulds taken while the child was asleep. The sculptor, Mary Thornycroft, worked for the royal couple for many years and excelled in her depictions of their children.