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A Royal Portrait Bronze Bust of Prince Albert, a bearded man in classical draped attire, displayed on a pedestal base. The royal portrait features short wavy hair and a serious expression. The well-polished bronze enhances the intricate details of the sculpture against a plain white background.

Royal Dedication: The Bronze Bust of Prince Albert by William Theed III

In the heart of London, 1864, a bronze bust was stamped ‘W.THEED. SC. LONDON 1864’ and bore the mark of ‘ELKINGTON & Co. FOUNDERS’. This was not just any artistic creation; it was a Royal Bronze Portrait Bust of Prince Albert, the beloved Prince Consort, created by the esteemed sculptor William Theed III (1804-1891). This exquisite work of art stands as a testament to the depth of Queen Victoria’s devotion to her late consort, Prince Albert (1819-1861), and to the skill of Theed, a favored sculptor of the Queen.

Queen Victoria, still deep in mourning for her late husband, commissioned two memorial busts of Prince Albert, entrusting this task to William Theed. By 1862, Theed had completed these masterpieces, with one being exhibited prominently at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, bearing the reference number 992. Further paying homage to this magnificent work, a Parian ware version — a fine, white porcelain that mirrors the aesthetics of marble — was created, accompanied by a similar bust of Queen Victoria. This version was brought to life by W. T. Copeland for the Art Union in 1865, further extending its reach to the public.

William Theed III’s journey into sculpting was nurtured by his lineage and training. Beginning his artistic tutelage under his father, William Theed II, he went on to attend the Royal Academy Schools. His formative years saw him under the guidance of Edward Hodges Baily, followed by an enlightening journey to Rome in 1826. In the historically rich city, he studied under luminaries like Bertel Thorvaldesn, John Gibson, and Richard James Wyatt.

Like Baron Carlo Marochetti, Theed’s sculptural genius was recognized and revered by Queen Victoria. Between 1824 and 1885, he showcased his work at the Royal Academy, solidifying his place among the pantheon of great artists.

In summary, the Royal Bronze Portrait Bust of Prince Albert remains a poignant reminder of a nation’s love for its Prince Consort, a queen’s undying affection for her partner, and the unparalleled artistry of William Theed III.

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A Royal Portrait Bronze Bust of Prince Albert, a bearded man in classical draped attire, displayed on a pedestal base. The royal portrait features short wavy hair and a serious expression. The well-polished bronze enhances the intricate details of the sculpture against a plain white background.

Royal Portrait Bronze Bust of Prince Albert

Stock Number: 8184

Royal Bronze Portrait Bust of Prince Albert the Prince Consort by William Theed III (1804-1891).

Stamped ‘W.THEED. SC. LONDON 1864’ [and] ‘ELKINGTON & Co. FOUNDERS’

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  • Height: 38 cm (15 inches)
  • Width: 26 cm (10 inches)
  • Depth: 16 cm (6.3 inches)

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