Louis Philippe's visit to Queen Victoria, 1844
Before and after his reign as King of the French (1830-1848), Louis-Philippe, who was also Duke of Chartres and Duke of Orleans, lived in exile in England. This is one of a pair of watercolours by Robins which show his arrival at Portsmouth where Prince Albert greeted him at Gosport. The French King had travelled overnight from Treport on board the 'Gomer' which can be seen on the left of the watercolour. On the right seamen man the yards of HMS 'Victory', then (as now) the fllagship at Portsmouth. the semaphore tower in Porthsmouth Dockyard is just visible on the far right. The Museum has another drawing of Louis-Phillipe's arrival attributed to John Wilson Carmichael and J. M. W. Turner was also present and produced paintings of the event.
Thomas Sewell Robins
Original size: 223 mm x 477 mm
- Image reference: PX9823
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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