When the seat of the British Parliament was destroyed by fire three years before Victoria came to the throne, the task of commissioning paintings and sculpture for the new building was ultimately entrusted to a twenty-two-year-old who not long before had been a student in Bonn. It was a risk, but a calculated one; and it turned out to be an inspired choice.
Our new publication explains how, as Chairman of the Royal Fine Art Commission, Prince Albert deftly handled the politics, personalities and practical difficulties that beset the project from the start. Not only did he leave a remarkable artistic legacy that retains to this day its symbolic power, but he honed the skills that helped turn him into one of the great Renaissance Men of the nineteenth century.
Decorating Parliament: Prince Albert and the first Royal Fine Art Commission 1841-1863
£10, ISBN 978-1-5272-1332-6, 52pp, illustrated in colour.