Victoria: A Ruling Image

Victoria: A Ruling Image

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP)
March 27, 2019 7:00pm to December 20, 2019 5:00pm

From 1837 to 1901, Queen Victoria ruled a British Empire that grew to span a quarter of the globe and include some 450 million people. Her reign coincided with a period of extraordinary social and technological change—and a revolution in visual culture. Images of Victoria were ubiquitous. Broadsides, weeklies, literary annuals, newspapers, engravings, souvenirs, postage stamps, coins, and photographs brought the sovereign, and the monarchy, into peoples’ homes and lives, and shaped their expectations of and responses to the real and figurative Queen. Rather than a history of the nineteenth century, the British Empire, or Victoria’s reign, this exhibition is a look at ‘framed’ imagery, for Victoria depicted was Victoria defined.

It is on view through December 20, 2019, in the Department of Rare Books,Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) during department hours.


The Victoria exhibition is curated by Andrea Reithmayr, special collections librarian/archivist for Research & Collections in RBSCP and draws from our extensive Metzdorf Victoriana Collection. A second exhibit, Arthur Sullivan and the Royal Family, curated by donor and Gilbert and Sullivan collector, Dr. Hal Kanthor, will be on display in the Seward Room.


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