Victoria & Albert

Art & Love

Edited by Jonathan Marsden

Victoria & Albert

Edited by Jonathan Marsden

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

480 pages | 478 color plates | 9 1/4 x 10 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $59.95 ISBN: 9781905686216 Published April 2010 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

The Victorian era is unquestionably one of the high points in the history of British art—and the culture of that period was defined, as much as anything, by the artistic tastes of Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert. From Victoria’s accession in 1837 to Albert’s death in 1861, Buckingham Palace was known as “the headquarters of taste,” and in a time when royal patronage was still essential to a successful artistic career, the pair enthusiastically collected paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and furniture from a wide range of British and European artists.

Victoria & Albert presents the highlights of that extensive collection through more than four hundred beautifully produced full-color illustrations. In addition to the many artworks, both familiar and little-known, that Victoria and Albert collected, the book also features the monarchs’ own creations, from paintings, drawings, and etchings to the loving souvenir albums they assembled to record their travels and commemorate the major events of their lives.

Opening a window onto the lives of two people as passionate about art as they were about each other, Victoria & Albert will be a comprehensive resource for scholars of British art and the royal family.

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   Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
   Early Italian and Northern European Painting
   Architecture and Decoration
   Balmoral and The Highlands
   Music, Theatre and Entertainments
   State Jewellery
   Personal Jewellery
   Textiles, Fans and Accessories
   Souvenir Albums and Topography
   Views of the Great Exhibition
   Royal Artists
   Memorials to Prince Albert

Appendix I:  Works of Art shown at the Great Exhibition, 1851
Appendix II: Royal Gifts

Acknowledgements and List of Contributors
Photographic Acknowledgements
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