Prince Albert character jug modeled by William K. Harper and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1997 limited edition of 2,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. Prince Albert (1819-1861) was the younger son of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He married Victoria, his first cousin, in 1840 and helped develop in his wife a greater awareness of social ills. He took an active role in bringing about reform, encouraging Victoria's increased involvement in social welfare. Albert masterminded the Great Exhibition of 1851, with a view to celebrating the great advances of the British Industrial Age and the expansion of the Empire. Using the profits from this event he commissioned the building of the Royal Albert Hall. Albert never enjoyed great popularity during Victoria's reign, and it wasn't until 1857 that he was recognized by the nation and awarded the title Prince Consort. Victoria refused to undertake any enterprise without his involvement. When he died of typhoid she was overwhelmed by grief and remained in mourning until the end of her days in 1901. Testimony to her love is the Albert memorial in Kensington Gardens erected in 1871. A Great Exhibition of 1851 banner form the handle of this jug.
British Royalty Collection