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.