WILLIAM EDWARD ATKINS
1842 – 1910
HMY Victoria & Albert sailing out of Portsmouth harbour
Frame size: 21½ x 45 inches / 54.6 x 114.3 cm
Stock number: 820021/0818
The Royal Yacht, HMY Victoria & Albert 1899 – 1954 sailing out of Portsmouth Harbour, the Royal Standard at her main mast, a 1st rate ship under full sail, stern view, on the left and the Round Tower, Point Battery and Portsmouth Cathedral Tower on the right, sailing barge and Isle of Wight ferry in the foreground.
HMY Victoria & Albert was a Royal Yacht of the Royal Navy, designed by the chief constructor of the Royal Navy, Sir William White, launched in 1899 and ready for service in 1901. This is the 3rd yacht to be named Victoria & Albert and was fitted with steam engines, 380 feet long, a tonnage of 4,700 and a total cost of £572,000. She served four Sovereigns and was decommissioned as a Royal Yacht in 1939, served in the 2nd World War and was broken up in 1954.
As the yacht wasn’t completed until 1901 seven months after Queen Victoria`s death the Queen never sailed in her. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visited their new yacht in early August 1901 and used it for the first time when crossing the English Channel 9th August 1901 to attend the funeral in Germany of the Kings sister, Empress Frederick.
The King used the yacht most years of his reign so no doubt he would have been on board heading for Cowes when Atkins painted this picture.