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A Copeland Parian bust of Prince Albert sculpted by William Theed (1804 – 1891) and marked on the reverse “W Theed PubD 1864 JI”. The socle is marked for the Crystal Palace Art Union. The bust is attached to the socle by a bolt. According to “The Parian Phenomenon”, the bust, together with one of Queen Victoria, was made as for the Crystal Palace Art Union to present as a prize in 1865.
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (August 1819 – December 1861) was the husband and Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. He was her first cousin on her mother’s side. Together they had nine children and their descendants were and are rulers or members of the nobility in many of the European Kingdoms. Prince Albert died at the age of only 42 and Victoria spent the rest of her life in mourning.
This figure is illustrated in the “Parian Phenomenon” page 182 figure 596 and in Robert Copeland’s book “Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain” page 234 fig R3.
Height 32cm (12½“)