Prince Albert

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Winterhalter was the favourite portraitist amongst European royalty during the mid-nineteenth century. He first visited Great Britain in 1842 to execute portraits of the British royal family and, in time, produced over a hundred such works. Here he depicts Prince Albert dressed in the uniform of a field marshal, a pendant to one of his wife Queen Victoria. Lewis's stipple technique was well suited to reproduce Winterhalter's sketchy chalk drawings related to paintings from 1842, now in the Royal Collection. The works became popular and were published as a pair of large single-sheet prints in 1851, and the companion print is also in the Met's collection (49.40.216). One critic writing in the monthly periodical ''The Art Journal'' commended that the prints which were in ''exact imitation of the original drawings.''

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