Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were enthusiastic patrons of watercolour painting. They were also avid practitioners. They eventually had a collection of thousands of paintings, including many that illustrated scenes from their own life.
The Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour book accompanies a travelling exhibition, which I have not had the pleasure of seeing. The book is a beautiful hardcover with many of the watercolour paintings done of Queen Victoria’s life. There are a few examples of paintings done by Queen Victoria, which are also lovely. The book leads you through her life and her travels. One of my favourite paintings is the one done by Egron Sellif Lundgren of the wedding of the Princess Royal to Prince Frederick William of Prussia. The colours are simply gorgeous.
I would highly recommend this lovely look at Queen Victoria’s life and travels if only to see the Queen’s own attempt at watercolour paintings. Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour is available now in both the UK and the US. Read more about the exhibition here.