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Princess Louise

Title: Princess Louise
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  • Godfrey, Charles
  • Concanen, Alfred
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Publication Date: 1870
Instrumentation: Piano
Subject: Scottish
WIMA Collections: Alfred Concanen Collection
ID: AlCon SL 00-038
Publisher: Ashdown & Parry
Publication Place: London
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Historical Notes

Princess Louise (1848-1939), was the sixth of Queen Victoria's children. Judged a lively, talented and intelligent child, she would be proclaimed the loveliest in a family of striking women. Her artistic talents were evident in childhood, and although a professional career was an impossibility for a 19th-century princess, Louise was allowed to study art. In 1863, when she was 15, sculptor Mary Thorneycroft was hired as her tutor, and in 1868, at the age of 20, Louise enrolled at the Kensington National Art Training School. Despite the constraints that went along with being a member of the royal family, Louise achieved a modest career as a working painter and sculptor. In 1871, Louise wed John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne and a Liberal member of Parliament. Lorne's parents were George Douglas Campbell, the 8th Duke of Argyll and Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Leveson-Gower, and he was descended from the kings of Scotland. "Princess Louise Caroline Alberta." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Biography In Context. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. Bandmaster and composer Charles Godfrey (1790-1863) became a drummer for the First Royal Surrey Militia at an early age and was later posted to the band of the Coldstream Guards. He arranged a good deal of music for military bands and eventually became a musician in ordinary to the King in 1831. Three of his sons went on to become distinguished bandmasters themselves. British Musical Biography: A dictionary of Musical Artists, Authors, and Composers Born in Britain and Its Colonies by James Duff Brown and Stephen Samuel Stratton (1897)

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