Oil on canvas, 241.3cm by 144.8cm.
Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter held several honorary positions to Prince Albert within the Royal household and correspondence confirms a personal friendship between the two men. The Marquess and Marchioness entertained Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Burghley for three days in 1844, during which their baby daughter was christened, with Prince Albert standing as sponsor, or godfather; the baby’s name, at his suggestion, was Victoria.
James Sant is best known for his portraits of children and amongst these were several of the Royal children. He was appointed official portraitist to Queen Victoria in 1871. He also painted landscapes, seascapes and gardens, occasionally collaborating with his brother George, a noted landscape artist. Their sister was also an accomplished artist