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Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Accompanies the touring exhibition

Carly Collier

 160 pages

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour ©

Hardback, 210 x 245mm, 120 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 58 4

The arts were an important shared enthusiasm of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert throughout their marriage. Of particular personal significance for the royal couple were the hundreds of watercolours they acquired, which formed a visual record of their public and private lives together.

In celebration of the bicentenary of the births of both Victoria and Albert, this publication presents a broad-ranging selection of these watercolours. The colourful, detailed and dynamic works capture the pomp and spectacle of the British court, foreign travel and diplomacy, the exploration and shaping of a modern nation and, importantly, the close-knit family at the heart of it all.

Carly Collier is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. She curated the exhibition, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour.

 

Victoria and Albert's family tree, illustrated with portraits.

Victoria and Albert's family tree, featuring family members mentioned in the book. ©

Pages from Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, with a watercolour of Victoria driving to open Parliament in 1861 by George Housman Thomas

Queen Victoria driving to open Parliament in 1861 by George Housman Thomas ©

Pages from Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, including a watercolour of the bell brought from Sebastopol in 1856, by George Housman Thomas

The bell brought from Sebastopol in 1856, by George Housman Thomas ©

Related exhibition
Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

The watercolours collected by Victoria and Albert documented their lives, private and official, together

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Highlights from the publication

Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Eos

William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

The Swiss Cottage, Osborne House

Richard Principal Leitch (1826-82)

The farm at Dalwhinnie

Charles Landseer (1799-1879)

Billy Duff

William Wyld (1806-89)

Manchester from Kersal Moor

Richard Principal Leitch (1826-82)

Aston Hall, Birmingham

Charlotte Canning, Viscountess Canning (1817-61)

Cologne from the Hotel de Belle Vue at Deautz

Carl Georg Anton Graeb (1816-84)

A distant view of Potsdam at sunset