An enamel of Queen Victoria's beloved dogs, Noble, Waldman, Wat and Fern at Windsor Castle by Alexander Lamont Henderson (English, 1838 - 1907)
A black and white enamel of Queen Victoria's beloved and favourite dogs, Noble, Waldman, Wat and Fern at Windsor Castle by Alexander Lamont Henderson (English, 1838 - 1907).
Noble (collie) sits in profile to the right, Waldman (Dachshund) on the second step, Wat (terrier) on the first, to his right is Fern (collie).
The enamel sits within a near black leather folding case and was carried by the Queen "everywhere". It was gifted to the Queen by The Princess Louise.
To the reverse is enamelled:
"Negative by Hill & Sanders"
"Enamel by A L Henderson"
Alexander Lamont Henderson was an artist and enameller and Hill & Sanders were photographers known for their commissions by Queen Victoria.
Enclosed within is a handwritten ink note:
"Case with enamel of Queen Victoria?s dogs " given by the Princess Louise
"Queen Victoria always took this about with her everywhere "M Holdey"
The Princess Louise (born Louise Caroline Alberta, also known as Marchioness of Lorne and Duchess of Argyll by marriage (1848 - 1939) was the six child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, Prince Consort..
For a similar work see "The Collection of Her Majesty The Queen" black and white enamel by Carl Schmidt. This black and white enamel depicts the same dogs on the same steps at Osborne but with the dogs in slightly different positions.
The photographs for the enamels were taken at Windsor Castle in 1879, for another image see "Noble Hounds and Dear Companions The Royal Photographic Collection" by Sophie Gordon.
Noble was given to Queen Victoria at Balmoral on 24 May 1872. He had the special role of guarding the Queen's gloves. He featured in the her Journal: â€˜Tuesday, September 9, 1873. Got up at ten minutes to seven...The morning was splendid... I left Balmoral with Beatrice...for Ballater...We had our own comfortable train...and Francie [Clark] with dear Noble (another favourite and splendid collie), with Brown next to me. Sunday, September 14. ...Dinner as usual. My favourite collie Noble is always downstairs when we take our meals, and was so good, Brown making him lie on a chair or couch, and he never attempted to come down without permission, and even held a piece of cake in his mouth without eating it, till told he might. He is the most 'biddable' dog I ever saw, and so affectionate and kind; if he thinks you are not pleased with him, he puts out his paws, and begs in such an affectionate way.â€™
Noble sired at least one litter of puppies by a bitch supplied by Susanna, Duchess of Roxburghe. He was painted by Carl Schmidt and reproduced as a lithograph by Hill & Saunders. Like Sharp, Noble was memorialized in a bronze portrait marking his burial place at Balmoral.