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Variety of persons, including Queen Victoria, the Grand Duke of Hesse, Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lorne, and Bismarck, in Japanese dress; after F.C. Gould; illustration from unknown publication.
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Height: 74 millimetres (border of image)
Width: 133 millimetres
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- This satire refers to the secret marriage of the widowed Grand Duke of Hesse, to his mistress, the divorced wife of a Russian diplomat Alexandrine von Kolemine, or Madame de Kalomine as she was known in Paris. In 1884 Queen Victoria travelled with Princess Beatrice to Darmstadt for the wedding of her grand-daughter Victoria, eldest child of the grand Duke and her deceased daughter Alice, to Louis, Prince of Battenberg. The marriage took place on 30 April in the evening; meanwhile the Grand Duke slipped away and married Madame de Kalomine in secret. The Hesse daughters liked their father’s companion, but had not envisaged a marriage. The couple, who had one son, were separated as soon as the ceremony was concluded and the marriage was annulled at Queen Victoria’s insistence; thereafter they were made to live apart, with Madame de Kalomine banned from Darmstadt.
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