LaSiesta by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (FoO grant of £2,500) Queen Victoria was just 22 years old and in the second year of her marriage to Prince Albert when she order LaSiesta from Winterhalter from his Paris studio. She received the painting on 22 December 1841, and wrote in her journal: “Today I got from Paris a beautiful picture by Winterhalter which I had ordered. It is quite small, representing a “Siesta”, three lovely Italian girls, with one of them asleep”. Today, this picture is in its original position in Queen Victoria’s dressing room, as she would have seen it every day on waking and retiring when staying at Osborne House.
A donation of £1,500 towards a watercolour by Amedee Forestier entitled “Lying in State”. This picture was commissioned by King Edward VII, Queen Victoria’s eldest son, shortly after her death and shows the Queen’s coffin in the dining room at Osborne House, which was used as a chapel of rest in the week before her interment alongside her husband Albert in the Frogmore Mausoleum at Windsor. The picture is displayed in Osborne House in the spot where the coffin was placed.
A grant of £1,000 towards the repurchase of four dining room chairs originally from the Durbar Room. These chairs were integral to the Durbar Room, corresponding to the dado height and using common decorative motifs of the Indian craft tradition. They joined five other chairs from the original set of 36, bringing the total at Osborne House to nine.