Prince Albert and the Gallery

Prince Albert (1819–1861) shared an enthusiasm for art with his wife Queen Victoria. He was one of the first collectors in Britain to buy so-called primitive Italian and German painting.

Prince Albert had a keen appreciation of painting. His largest acquisition, however, came about by default. In 1847 he acted as guarantor on a loan for one of his relatives – Prince Ludwig von Oettingen-Wallerstein (1791-1870). As surety, Prince Albert was given a collection of German, Italian and Netherlandish paintings. When the loan fell through, Prince Albert acquired all 100 works.

Though this was not an act of connoisseurship, there were some high quality works among this collection including a triptych by Giusto de’ Menabuoi, and Pintoricchio’s Virgin and Child.

In line with his wishes, after Prince Albert's death Queen Victoria offered the collection to the nation. Twenty-five of these paintings were selected by the National Gallery. Three others are currently on loan from HM The Queen.

Prince Albert's collection at the National Gallery

Blessing Redeemer
Blessing Redeemer
Fra Angelico
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Workshop of Dirk Bouts
Mater Dolorosa
Mater Dolorosa
Workshop of Dirk Bouts
The Quaratesi Madonna
The Quaratesi Madonna
Gentile da Fabriano
Three Saints
Three Saints
Stephan Lochner
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child
Hans Memling
The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion
Workshop of Quinten Massys
The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion
Workshop of the Master of 1518
A Female Head
A Female Head
Attributed to the workshop of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths
Saint Christopher carrying the Infant Christ
Saint Christopher carrying the Infant Christ
Style of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths
Saint John on Patmos
Saint John on Patmos
Workshop of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Workshop of Master of the Female Half-Lengths
The Presentation in the Temple
The Presentation in the Temple
Master of the Life of the Virgin
Saints Peter and Dorothy
Saints Peter and Dorothy
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
A Girl Writing
A Girl Writing
Netherlandish
The Magdalen
The Magdalen
Workshop of the Master of 1518
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Style of Bernaert van Orley
Saints Mamas and James
Saints Mamas and James
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and Workshop
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Attributed to Jan Provoost
The Virgin and Child in a Garden
The Virgin and Child in a Garden
Style of Martin Schongauer

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