A new exhibition at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) gives a wonderful insight into the splendour of the Victorian court. Forty four watercolours from the Royal Collection depict her remarkable visit to Paris in 1855.
The historic 10-day visit was on the invitation of the Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie. The first time a reigning British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years, the visit ostensibly celebrated the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War. It also cemented a great personal friendship that had developed between the two rulers, just 40 years after the Battle of Waterloo. Never before displayed in their entirety, the watercolours capture the magnificence of the occasion, showing dramatic illuminations, spectacular balls and exquisite Second Empire interiors.
Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection runs from Saturday 17 December to Sunday 23 April 2017. All the works were commissioned by or for Queen Victoria and are generously loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen.
An exhibition catalogue Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection is available for £12.50 from the Shop at RAMM, along with Queen Victoria inspired gifts.
Associated events are designed to increase insight and appreciation of the exhibition:
Thursday 9 February: Dementia-friendly creative activities, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £15 including companion.
Wednesday 15 February: Evening Lecture: Queen Victoria, Napoleon III and the events of 1855. 7 to 8pm, £12 (£10).
Friday 17 February: A Royal Occasion, Family workshops, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, children £5, adults free.
Thursday 30 March: Lunchtime Lecture: The “Peaceful Battlefield” – the Paris Universal Fine Art Exhibition in 1855. 1 to 2pm, £8 (£6)