About HRH Prince Albert
One of the great attractions between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was their shared love of art. Both had been taught to paint and draw as children and while Prince Albert's talent in this field was far more sophisticated than that of his wife, Victoria's drawings became greatly in demand within her family and friends. Victoria's first lesson was at the age of 8 for 1 hour a week and by the age of 10 she produced some signed drawings which were given to her mother, the Duchess of Kent. Queen Victoria often referred in her diaries to her time spent etching - January 9th 1845 "such a thick fog again, and I did not go out but wrote...and etched like yesterday..." 28th August 1840 "We spent a delightful, peaceful morning singing after breakfast and etching together, our first attempt." Belgravia Gallery is delighted to offer this fine collection which belonged to Georgiana, The Duchess of Sutherland (1806 - 1868), Queen Victoria's closest friend and confidante.