Young Victoria
Young Victoria
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In the previous blog entry Victoria, we saw an image we most associate with Britain’s second longest-reigning monarch: the prudish – “We are not amused!” – Queen Victoria, who went into the deepest mourning for decades following the premature death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, and drastically curtailed her public appearances.  And from this perceived image we find it hard to imagine that she was once young, vivacious and mischievous, a fun, excitable, character who led the most extraordinary romantic life.


And soon we are going to get a glimpse into this early life, with a new lavish 8-part TV period drama Victoria, that’s scheduled to air in the autumn.  The series chronicles the public and private life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne in 1837 at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), and eventually to her death at the dawn of the 20th-century – and through it all, making her one of history’s most interesting and influential monarchs.


And it is to that younger Victoria we turn to with the latest blog photo.  In 1849, Victoria’s first visit to Glasgow was deemed so momentous that it prompted the city elite to commission a statue from the eminent sculptor Baron Marochetti, who was responsible for some of Britain’s best-known public monuments.  No expense was spared, as he used only the finest bronze and granite.


In 1854 when the completed work of Victoria – riding side-saddle on her horse, holding aloft an imperial sceptre – was unveiled to tens of thousands of cheering Glaswegians, it was originally situated on the junction of St. Vincent Pl. and Buchanan St.  But following Prince Albert’s death, Glasgow once again turned to Marochetti for a matching equine tribute piece to her husband, and in 1866 this statue of Victoria was relocated to George Square so that the couple would forever be together, side by side.


And proving that it’s definitely a man’s world statue-wise here in Glasgow – as we told in the blog entry Glasgow Sisters – Victoria is one of only three (soon to be four!) women to have statues bestowed on them by the city: the other two being Lady Isabella Elder in Govan, and Dolores Ibárruri (‘La Pasionara’ of Spanish civil war fame) on the Clyde Walkway.


Leica M3 & 2.8/90mm Elmarit

Ilford FP4+ (@125)

HC-110 (Dil. B – 7:00 min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan