When: Open now - ends 28 April 2019
Where: Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1A 1AA
A new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace explores the relationships between Britain and Russia. Sharing a common history between the royal families, Denmark also plays a part in this exhibition – both in the motifs and in the artists behind the objects. Portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces illustrate historic events and family meetings between the rulers of the nations.
In the royal collection, there are many paintings by the Danish artist Laurits Tuxen (1853-1927) who was often commissioned to paint for the British royal family. Three of his paintings will feature in the exhibition. One of Tuxen's paintings, The marriage of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia (1868-1918), 26th November 1894, illustrates the wedding between Nicholas II and Princess Alix of Hesse which took place in the Palace Cathedral. His painting of The family of King Christian IX (1818-1906) and Queen Louise of Denmark (1817-1898) at Fredensborg Palace inspired Queen Victoria who wished for a comparable picture by Tuxen of her own family, gathered together to mark the Golden Jubilee: This painting, titled The Family of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in 1887, is the third work by Tuxen displayed at the exhibition.
An early version of this Tuxen painting hangs at the Royal Danish Embassy in London, and it is believed to be the one Queen Victoria referred to in a letter to the Duke of Connaught on 6 May 1887: In this letter, she described how she had seen a sketch of the painting which ‘will be very pretty. It is not to be stiff & according to Etiquette, but prettily grouped’.