Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection

Exhibition
from 20/12/2016 to 23/04/2017
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Queen Victoria’s entry into Paris 18 August 1855. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

An exhibition showcasing forty-four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855, all commissioned by or for Queen Victoria.

The historic ten 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 forty 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.

There is also a Lunchtime Lecture: The “Peaceful Battlefield” – the Paris Universal Fine Art Exhibition in 1855 on Thursday 30 March at 1pm.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Queen Street
Exeter, Devon, UK.

Gallery 21

Telephone: +44 1392 265858

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Closed Mondays and bank holidays.
Free admission

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