King Edward VII (1841-1910), when Prince of Wales, in black coat and waistcoat, cravat with pearl stick-pin, pink and white flowers in his buttonhole
enamel on gold
oval, 2 in. (52 mm.) high, silver-gilt frame
Christie's, London, 15 May 1979, lot 41.

Lot Essay

Albert Edward, later King Edward VII, was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He ascended to the throne on 22 January 1901 after holding the title of Prince of Wales longer than anyone else in history. He married, in 1863, Alexandra of Denmark and they had six children. On his death in 1910, his second son ascended to the throne as King George V.
In 1839 and 1840 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased porcelain miniatures of themselves from John Haslem. The queen later commissioned him to produce enamel portraits of her family and a series of copies of earlier works by Alexander Schäfer depicting Hanoverian princes. For further information see V. Remington, Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London, 2010, I, pp. 272-284.

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