Queen Victoria – Portraits of the Week

Queen Victoria at the Drury Lane Theatre, November 1837, Parris, c1837. Photo: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria died on this day in 1901 at the age of eighty one after reigning for almost sixty four years. I’ve been reading a lot about Victoria lately, mostly from the perspective of her children and household, which wasn’t generally complimentary. When I was a very little girl, I remember being somewhat bewitched by the romantic image of Victoria as she was depicted by Winterhalter – all swirling silk and tulle skirts, floral garlands and coy smiles and it […]

Royal Collection 2014

The Royal Collection have just announced their programme of exhibitions for 2014 and I have to say it’s a bit exciting! First of all is the brilliant news that this year’s wonderful In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion will be moving to the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from the 14th of March until the 20th of July. This is really excellent news as this was a truly outstanding exhibition that showcased some of the most powerful, sumptuous and gorgeous examples of sixteenth and seventeenth century royal portraiture and it really deserves […]

Elizabeth I and her People

Elizabeth I ‘The Ermine Portrait’, attributed to Hilliard, 1585. Photo: Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House. I’m super busy right now but thought I’d just stop by to let you all know about the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery – Elizabeth I and Her People, which opens tomorrow, 10th October (my birthday, woo) and ends on the 5th of January next year. Elizabeth I ‘The Darnley Portrait’, unknown, c1575. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. ‘The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise. New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the […]

Portraits in Minette

Henrietta Anne, Duchesse d’Orléans, Lely, c1662. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. As you may expect of an Art History graduate like myself, the pages of my books are liberally filled with descriptions of paintings – in particular portraits of the characters themselves, painted by a whole plethora of wonderful artists from Van Dyck to Vigée-Lebrun to David. Minette was a particular joy in this respect as there are some wonderful royal portraits from the period that I was writing about and I thought I would share some of them with you today! Anne of Austria, Rubens, c1620. Photo: Musée Louvre. […]

In Fine Style – a superb Tudor and Stuart exhibition

Photo: Melanie Clegg. I was lucky enough to be invited to the blogger’s preview yesterday morning of the new exhibition In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. It must surely be testament to how thoroughly excited I was about this exhibition that I did not at all begrudge getting up at 3.30am to get there for the 9am start and proof of how ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT it is that I think it was an entirely well spent effort. Photo: Melanie Clegg. ‘This exhibition explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their […]

In Fine Style – the book

My much anticipated copy of In fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion arrived yesterday and naturally I couldn’t wait to share it with you all as I think quite a lot of you will be VERY interested in getting hold of a copy for yourselves! In Fine Style accompanies this summer’s big exhibition of the same name at the Queen’s Gallery, which looks like it is going to be absolutely STUNNING with art and clothes from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries displayed alongside each other to fully illustrate the parallels between aristocratic and royal fashion as it […]