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Document ‘A Right Royal Tamasha’: Imaging Queen Victoria as Kaiser-i- Hind, Malvina Pollock Kalim

This article examines the elevation of Queen Victoria to Empress of India through the prism of John Tenniel’s satirical cartoon ‘New Crowns for Old Ones’ and Val Prinsep’s commemorative painting of the proclamation ceremony in Delhi in 1877. It...

Document ‘Come and Let Us Sweetly Join’: Engaging with the Dynamics of Early Methodist Practice and its Persecution through an Examination of Two Artefacts Related to the Love-Feast, Yvonne Farley

As proto-Methodism spread and developed in the early to mid-eighteenth century the movement was challenged by excessively vituperative satire which attacked the fervour, expansionism and method of its doctrine and practices. This article explores...

Document ‘Crossing borders of representation’: Intersections of race, class and gender in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Jenny’ and William Holman Hunt’s The Afterglow in Egypt, Illona Meyer

This paper considers the intersection of issues of race, class and gender in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Jenny’ and William Holman Hunt’s The Afterglow in Egypt. Specifically, the intersection of class and gender, as exemplified by the...

Document ‘For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.’ The case of The Claimant, The Medals and The Poem. An article in five fits, Francesca Kettle

This essay explores two artefacts pertaining to the most infamous case of imposture in British legal history. The Tichborne Case was the kind of spectacle on which the nineteenth century thrived; an heir lost at sea miraculously returned, an...

Document ‘It is the past alone that can explain the present’: a comparison between a passage in Disraeli’s Sybil and a membership card of the National Chartist Association, Darren Ormandy

Benjamin Disraeli’s novel Sybil, or, The Two Nations was published in 1845. It is both a story of romantic adventure and a manifesto for the author’s unconventional political perspective, set to the backdrop of the Chartist risings. The...

Document ‘Me thinks I see the love that shall be made’: two Restoration views of St James Park, Christian Verdu

The Restoration saw a strong dependence of the visual arts and verbal arts upon each other. This paper analyses one painting and one poem about a public space closely connected to the monarchy: St James Park, to illustrate how different artistic...

Image collection Georgian royal satire

The royal family was far from revered for much of the Georgian period, as epitomised here in this satire on the (temporary) reconciliation of the King & Queen and the Prince of Wales, shown feasting on English taxes.

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Document ‘Only a Novel’: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1817), novel readers and The Circulating Library (1804) in ‘fictions about fiction’ in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries - Freya Gye

The Circulating Library presents a stereotyped image of the novel reader – young, undiscerning, searching for adventure and, above all, female. Northanger Abbey addresses this stereotype, reinforcing through the character of Catherine the...

Document ‘Quis ineptae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se’: London, an eighteenth-century city in turmoil?1 Samuel Johnson’s London and William Hogarth’s Gin Lane

In many respects eighteenth-century London was a golden period of prosperity for the city. It was a period of economic affluence, with newly established international trade links, increased industrialisation, and extensive development and...

Document ‘Sounding of the Voice’: Interpreting the Earl of Rochester’s Epilogue to Love in the Dark through an Analysis of Matthew Locke’s Musical Score to Psyche, Thomas J. du Plessis

This article explores the Earl of Rochester’s Epilogue to Love in the Dark through the music drama Psyche by Thomas Shadwell set to music by Matthew Locke. Rochester’s text and Locke’s score are explored within the wider context of rivalry...

Document ‘The Cult of Gloriana’ and the challenges it faced, Amy Moore

In the 1590s, the ‘cult of Gloriana’ emerged publicly to promote the divinity of the monarch through official portraits and miniatures. Through his ‘Mask of Youth’ portraits Nicholas Hilliard provided the official depictions which emphasised that...

Document ‘The False Marke of the Shadow of Honour’: The significance of honour in late Elizabethan political culture by Adam Diaper

This article explores the potential, latent within late sixteenth-century discourses of honour, for political and moral dissidence. In a letter to the earl of Essex, urging the latter’s reconciliation with the Queen, Lord Keeper Egerton displays...

Document ‘Through the Gains of Industry we promote Art’: George Dawson’s Civic Gospel and the architecture of the Improvement Scheme, Matthew Key

This essay explores two artefacts from late Victorian Birmingham; a period in which the city went through remarkable transformation, culminating in one commentator describing it as ‘the best governed in the world’. The artefacts include George...

Document ‘Unsex Me Here’1: Mythical women and the threat of the femme fatale in the Victorian era, as seen in John Singer Sargent’s Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth (1889) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Body’s Beauty’ (c.1866), Kathryn Waters

This article will consider depictions of two different mythical women in the Victorian period, namely the characters of Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth and the Jewish folkloric figure of Lilith. It will consider different interpretations of such...

Document ‘Vagary wild and mental aberration styled’;1 liminality in the fantasmatic spaces of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market (1862) and Richard Dadd’s The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke (1864), Alexandra Gushurst-Moore

Through a comparison of this painting and poem, I will examine how the motif of the public forum functions as a liminal space within the fantastic setting. Engaging with structuralist critics such as Tsvetan Todorov and Rosemary Jackson, I will...

Document ‘Venus and Adonis’ reworked: transformations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in William Shakespeare’s ‘Venus and Adonis’ and J. M. W. Turner’s ‘Adonis Departing for the Chase’. Laura Bouttell

Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses is paradoxical, a process of change that fixes in time a specific narrative moment. This work considers two works which adapt Ovid’s tale of Venus and Adonis. When revisioned by Shakespeare and Turner, Venus...

Document ‘We Must Do This Well If We Do It At All’: Reports On The First Women’s College, Girton, Cambridge, Susanna Cerasuolo

This article examines two artefacts associated with the founding of the first women’s college, Girton College, Cambridge (1869). The first is a cartoon titled ‘St. Valentine’s Day Girton’ which ran in February 1876 in Punch. The second...

Document ‘What are we to expect from women?’: Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire and Female Canvassing during the 1784 Westminster Election, Emily Sargeant

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was one of the most celebrated political women of the eighteenth century. Her canvass for Charles Fox in the Westminster Election of 1784 was hugely successful, and yet led to condemnation in the popular press....

Document ‘Worthy of Eve before the Fall’: Representations of Palmyra in Eighteenth Century Britain, Elisabeth Grass

‘The Ruins of Palmyra’ (1753) was the first of a new genre of architectural publication which appeared in the mid-eighteenth century, applying empirical taxonomy to the buildings of the ancient world. It promulgated the architecture of Roman...

Document ‘Would the Scandal Vanish with My Life’: John of Gaunt in Two Tudor Afterlives, Jessica Fure

Two artefacts produced during the Tudor era, both depicting John of Gaunt, convey a surprisingly unified tone despite the difference in date and medium. The Beaufort Portrait shows Gaunt's dynastic ambitions and hints at the noble character...



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