BROUSIL. The Family Brousil of Prague, 1858. 13222



The original Autographs of the six members of the Family Brousil of Prague. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Chester, 9 January 1858. There is a photograph of the sibling sextet know as the Family Brousil in the Royal Collection. The Brousils were a family of young musicians from Prague who first appeared in England in 1856 at the Gallery of Illustration in Regent Street. They played for Queen Victoria and her family on three occasions. It is not known how they were brought to the Queen’s notice, but the Royal Family’s own involvement with music was considerable and she may have been attracted by the idea of a group of musical brothers and sisters whose ages were so near those of her own children. The young musicians (in the 1857 photograph in Queen Victoria’s collection) are Mlles Bertha (14 years old), violin solo, Antonia (17), piano, and Cecilie (6), 2nd violin; Messrs Albin (13), violoncello, Adolphus (11), viola gamba, and Aloys (7), 1st violin.