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William Charles Ross: 'Prince Albert'

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One of several portraits of the Prince Consort painted by Ross, who was Queen Victoria's Miniature Painter in Ordinary. This image was apparently produced in 1840, the year of the Queen's marriage to Prince Albert.

Prince Albert had a keen appreciation of painting and was one of the first collectors in Britain to buy so-called primitive Italian and German painting. In 1863, after the death of the Prince Consort, Queen Victoria presented a number of them to the National Gallery in accordance with the Prince Consort's wishes. These included some of the first 15th-century German pictures to enter the Gallery's Collection.

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