Queen Victoria etchings that once sparked a row go on display in Yorkshire




Queen Victoria wearing the coronet (public domain)

A series of 74 etchings made by Queen Victoria which were a part of a landmark injunction against the press are set to go on display at Harewood House in Leeds.

The etchings were gifted to Princess Mary, Princess Royal on her wedding day and were from a descendant of Prince Albert’s private secretary, George Anson. Ann Sumner, the historic collections adviser at Harewood House said, “This volume is incredibly rare. “It is a beautiful and personal collection of etchings by the royal couple known for their love of their children, who are so charmingly depicted here, along with their beloved pets.”

Back in 1848, a journalist got a hold of copies of the etchings and he planned to make an exhibition with them, along with a catalogue. The royal family launched a successful lawsuit and injunction to ban the display and the ruling remains a defining judgment in the development of copyright law.

“It illustrates a delightful insight not only into the private lives of Victoria and Albert and their family but also demonstrates their genuine artistic talent and unique collaboration.

 

 






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