Source: 1865 Art-Journal
“The child . . . represented in sculpture as a kind of ocean-sprite, is the Princess Beatrice, the youngest member of the Royal Family, and now in the fourth year of her age. As daughter of the monarch who is styled‚ and, it is still to be hoped, truthfully, not withstanding all which has been written and said of late respecting our naval armaments in comparison with those of foreigners‚ "mistress of the seas," Mrs. Thornycroft has cradled the royal child in a huge marine shell, and launched her on the broad waters without rudder or compass, but merely holding in her hand a sprig of coral.” [continued below]
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