This portrait of 'Albert, Prince Consort' of Queen Victoria, was painted to commemorate his appointment as Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1847. The original version of the portrait, painted by Frederick Richard Say (c.1805-1868), was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849 and presented to Cambridge University by the sitter, where it remains today. This work is one of several smaller copies by the artist.
The engraver and portrait painter Frederick Richard Say was the son of an engraver, William Say (1768-1834). His sitters included George IV, Prince Albert, the Archbishop of York and Earl Grey. His best portrait was considered to be that of Edward Bulwer-Lytton. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street. He ran a successful society portrait practice from Harley Street in London and was also employed as a copyist by Queen Victoria between 1855 and 1862. By 1861, he had moved to Upton Park, Slough, in Buckinghamshire. He died at his home in Buckinghamshire at about the age of 63.
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