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Rare etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are set to go on display for the first time

Rare etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are set to go on display for the first time this summer revealing the royals’ everyday life

  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started etching after their marriage in 1840
  • The artworks will be on display at The British Museum from July 18 to September
  • They show domestic scenes of the royals’ life, as well as their children and pets
  • Museum curators said they were ‘talented and enthusiastic amateur artists’

Rare etchings made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are going on display for the first time this summer.

A free exhibition called ‘At Home: Royal Etchings By Queen Victoria And Prince Albert’ will be held at The British Museum in London from July 18 to September.

The artworks, made by the royals in the early years of their marriage, will go on exhibition to mark the bicentenary of both their births.

‘Victoria, Princess Royal, with her nurse’ is an etching made by Queen Victoria in 1841

The etchings completed by the royals show their domestic life in Windsor and Claremont

The etchings completed by the royals show their domestic life in Windsor and Claremont

'A greyhound and a skye terrier' is one of the artworks drawn by Prince Albert in 1844

‘A greyhound and a skye terrier’ is one of the artworks drawn by Prince Albert in 1844

The etchings, a type of printmaking involving drawing on a metal plate, were completed by Victoria and Albert in the 1840s.

Museum curators say they show the royals ‘in a completely different light’.

The display will present 20 artworks by the couple, featuring domestic scenes of their life in Windsor and Claremont, as well as their children and pets.

One of the artworks on display at The British Museum shows Prince Alfred and was made by Queen Victoria in 1846

One of the artworks on display at The British Museum shows Prince Alfred and was made by Queen Victoria in 1846

'The Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales' is one of the rare etchings made by Prince Albert

‘The Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales’ is one of the rare etchings made by Prince Albert 

The artworks depict the royals' domestic life, including their pets, as the etching 'A Highland terrier', made by Prince Albert, shows

The artworks depict the royals’ domestic life, including their pets, as the etching ‘A Highland terrier’, made by Prince Albert, shows

The royals were ‘talented and enthusiastic amateur artists’ and their works were often collaborations, The British Museum said.

Some of the etchings by Prince Albert were based on Queen Victoria’s earlier drawings.

The couple started etching shortly after their marriage in 1840 with the help of notable painter Sir George Hayter. 

Museum curators said Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were two 'talented and enthusiastic amateur artists'

Museum curators said Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were two ‘talented and enthusiastic amateur artists’

In her drawings, Queen Victoria (pictured) showed to be a very affectionate mother who loved spending time with her family

In her drawings, Queen Victoria (pictured) showed to be a very affectionate mother who loved spending time with her family

They wanted the artworks to be shown only to their close friends and family, but in 1926 King George V, Victoria’s grandson, donated them to The British Museum.     

This year’s exhibition will be the first time the etchings have been on public display.    

Sheila O’Connell, curator of prints and drawings at the British Museum, said: ‘As parents, both Victoria and Albert have been much criticised, but these images show them in a completely different light.

'Victoria, Princess Royal, standing in profile' is an etching Prince Albert made in 1842

‘Victoria, Princess Royal, standing in profile’ is an etching Prince Albert made in 1842

'The Princess Royal and The Prince of Wales', drawn by Queen Victoria in 1845, is one of the rare paintings on display

‘The Princess Royal and The Prince of Wales’, drawn by Queen Victoria in 1845, is one of the rare paintings on display

‘The scenes Victoria depicts in her drawings show her to be a very affectionate mother, and it’s clear that both she and Albert enjoyed spending time with their children.

‘We’re delighted that we can now put these works on display for the first time since King George V donated them to us. 

‘It is the perfect way to celebrate 200 years since the birth of these towering figures of British history, who were also enthusiastic artists.’

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert got married at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace on 10 February 1840.

They had nine children, four boys and five girls, born between 1840 and 1957. 

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