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Queen Victoria and Hull at Ferens Art Gallery [Hull]

This jewel cabinet is a proud dynastic statement incorporating the Queen’s favourite image of the Prince, the Royal and Saxe-Coburg arms, and portraits of their six children born before 1851. Designed in the form of a large reliquary, the cabinet wa
Jewel-cabinet ©

Queen Victoria and Hull

21 October - 19 February 2023

A new exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery will celebrate Queen Victoria’s relationship with Hull, explore Victorian Hull, and showcase the long lasting relationship the Crown has with the City.

At the heart of the exhibition, an ongoing partnership with Royal Collection Trust brings Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet to Hull. This nineteenth-century masterpiece of metalwork, enamelling and ceramic portraiture was designed by Ludwig Grüner and incorporates portraits of the six eldest children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The latter commissioned it as a gift for his wife, and it was an important exhibit at the nation’s Great Exhibition of 1851, a celebration of Victorian advancement and cultural sophistication. Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet marks the fourth of five works from the Royal Collection to go on display at Ferens Art Gallery as part of the Masterpieces in Focus series.

Rooms and locations with objects on display