Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale: an address by Queen Victoria on his death. Process print, 1892.
- Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901
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Facsimile of Queen Victoria's hand-written address to her subjects on the death of her grandson, within an allegorical border designed by Poynter. Above centre, the royal arms. Two angels lift a drapery to reveal the queen's eulogy. Below them, on the left Britannia proffers a wreath towards the eulogy, while on the right fame and the arts broadcast his virtues. Bottom right, a flourishing rose tree, representing his life, and left, a dead rose tree, representing his death. In the lower left and right corners, putti display attributes of the sea and the land respectively
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, eldest son of King Edward VII and heir to the throne. "His health had been undermined by heavy drinking, gout, and probably venereal disease; his dissipated lifestyle was unrelieved by any serious interests. He was said to be a regular patron of a homosexual brothel in Cleveland Street, central London, raided by the police in 1889, though his apparent involvement was kept a closely guarded secret for many years afterwards. He was also suspected, albeit on the flimsiest evidence, of being Jack the Ripper, responsible for murdering several East End prostitutes in 1888 ... the duke succumbed to pneumonia, following influenza, at Sandringham on 14 January 1892. He was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor, on 20 January" (Oxford dictionary of national biography)
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