Events 2018

Historic Royal Palaces, Inc.

Historic Royal Palaces, Inc.

Victoria: the Making of an Icon

Boston: 14 November 2018
New York: 15 November 2018

Victoria Road, Victoria Street, Victoria Station, the Queen's Head pub; Queen Victoria's brand can be seen across the UK. But how did a reclusive child, shielded from the public gaze, come to be one of the most recognisable British monarchs?

Join us as we explore Queen Victoria's brand and legacy, exploring the artists, photographers and sculptors who helped to shape Victoria's public persona. From the early portraits by Franz Xaver, depicting a young Queen dressed in white, to the satirical prints and photography towards the end of her reign. Items of her personal wardrobe will also help us to discover the development of Queen Victoria's image as the Empress of India, Grandmother of Europe and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Polly Putnam, Collections Curator
Historic Royal Palaces

Polly Putnam has been a Collections Curator at Historic Royal Palaces since 2012. Throughout her time, she has been the curator with special responsibility for Kew Palace and several key projects, including the restoration of the Chocolate Kitchens at Hampton Court, the re display of the Georgian State Apartments and the restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew (opened July 2018). She is the lead curator of a major new exhibition at Kensington Palace which will open on the 200th year anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. Victoria 200 will explore Victoria’s public image and its intersection with her private life.

Prior to Historic Royal Palaces, Polly was Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts for Temple Newsam House. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art.

A photograph of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) with her son Edward (1841-1910), later King Edward VII, her grandson George (1865-1936), later King George V, and her great-grandson Edward (1894-1972), later Edward VIII and then the Duke of Windsor. The Queen is seated holding her great grandson and her grandson and son stand behind. The name of the photographer is printed on the bottom of the photograph, 'W & D Downey Photographers'.

This photograph is part of the contents of a photograph album.

Booking information

Wednesday 14 November, Boston
Lecture and Reception, 18:00
Location: Harvard Club of Boston
Downtown Clubhouse (Miller Peabody Room)
One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston MA

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Thursday 15 November, New York
Lecture and Reception, 18:00
Location: India House Club
1 Hanover Square, New York NY

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$25 HRP Member | $35 Non Member
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