Eduardo Federico de Martino (Italian, 1838-1912) 'Kiel 25th June 1904'
Lot 256
Eduardo Federico de Martino (Italian, 1838-1912) The royal yacht Victoria & Albert (III), with King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra aboard, arriving in the Kiel Roads on 25th June 1904 for their State Visit to Germany
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 7,886) inc. premium

Lot Details
Eduardo Federico de Martino (Italian, 1838-1912)
The royal yacht Victoria & Albert (III), with King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra aboard, arriving in the Kiel Roads on 25th June 1904 for their State Visit to Germany
signed with initials 'E de M' and inscribed 'Studio Kiel 25th June 1904' (lower right)
oil on board
22.8 x 38.5cm (9 x 15 3/16in).

Footnotes

  • The historic Anglo-French 'Entente Cordiale' was signed in Paris on 8th April 1904 after a year of intense diplomacy which included the close personal involvement of King Edward VII. The King's nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, whose paranoid dislike of his uncle was already widely known, took great exception to the new alliance – which he correctly perceived as profoundly anti-German – and accused Edward of having "a passion for contriving plots with every Power". In an attempt to placate his nephew, Edward proposed a State Visit to Berlin for some amicable discussion but the Kaiser nominated Kiel instead, simply so that he could display the growing might of the German Navy in a blatant attempt to irritate his uncle.

    Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and their suites, accompanied by the Prince of Monaco as well as Lord Selborne, the First Lord of the Admiralty, boarded the royal yacht Victoria & Albert (III) at Port Victoria on 23rd June [1904], arrived at Brunsbüttel the following day, and entered the Kiel Canal. Escorted along the canalside by detachments of cavalry changing every twelve miles, the royal yacht halted at Holtenau where the Kaiser, the Crown Prince and his younger brother Prince Henry of Prussia came aboard for the remainder of the journey. Arriving at Kiel on the 25th, Victoria & Albert (III) was accorded a royal salute from the assembled German Fleet and it is this moment which de Martino has captured here.
    In the event, the discussions between the royal uncle and nephew did nothing to improve Anglo-German relations despite the magnificent manner in which King Edward VII had been received upon his arrival.
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