Coloured lithograph by Bayot and Cuvillier after a painting by French artist Edouard Pingret (1788-1875) titled 'Retour du Roi a la Station de Gosport'. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-1861) are shown being met by dignitaries at Gosport Station, Hampshire. Gosport is a major port and shares its harbour with Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy. In 1845, a special station was built at the end of an extra 500 yard stretch of track specifically to accommodate the Royal Train when the Queen was travelling to and from her residence at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Published in England by Ackermann & Co, 96 The Strand, London, on 31st January 1846.
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