Coburg, Bavaria, Germany
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The view from the window of the Bow Room in Schloss Callenberg looking south-east towards Coburg. Signed with the monogramme "hb". Brückner was from a family of painter-decorators, and he himself became a theatrical stage designer and painter. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert acquired a substantial corpus of watercolours by Brückner and his son Max, depicting the landscapes and sights in and around Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the Duchy of Prince Albert's family. The Queen and Prince Consort visited Coburg twice, in 1845 and 1860, and the Queen then returned on a number of occasions following Albert's death in 1861. In 1845 Queen Victoria recorded in her journal admiring the view from the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Alexandrine's window, which she thought "beautiful, & very extensive. " Together, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert mounted many of their watercolour views of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in three albums, and a surviving typescript list of their contents is presumed to accurately reflect their arrangement. These albums were dismantled around 1930 and many of the watercolours rearranged in the new, topographical, souvenir albums. The first of the albums, from which this watercolour derives, seems to have largely contained watercolours related to the visit of the royal couple in 1845.