The arrival of King Louis Phillipe at Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, 1844
Depicting the arrival of King Louis Phillipe of France at Royal Clarence Yard, 8th October, 1844
after Edouard Pingret (1785-1869)
Debarquement a Gosport
Antique lithograph, hand coloured
Framed and glazed
Overall size including frame: 55.5 x 64.4 cm
Louis Phillipe, King of France, arrived at Portsmouth Harbour on his large hybrid sail-steamship the 'Gomer' on the 8th October 1844 to begin a week long state visit to the United Kingdom. He and his entourage were rowed from his ship to Royal Clarence Yard where they disembarked and were then driven by horse and carriage through the yard and along Weevil Lane to Gosport railway station. From here they travelled by royal train and were later received by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. It remains the only occasion when a French monarch made an official visit to this country.