A Royal Collection publication shortlisted as Book of the Year by Apollo Magazine

Friday, 13 January 2012

The fully illustrated catalogue is the first major study of the most comprehensive set of portrait miniatures from the Victorian era.

Entitled ‘Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen’, the publication, completes the two earlier volumes in the catalogue raisonné of portrait miniatures in the Royal Collection.

There are more than 1,100 miniatures dating from 1837 to 1901 in the Royal Collection.  Drawing extensively on unpublished material from the Royal Archives, the publication by Vanessa Remington, provides a new insight into the lives of some of the leading painters of the day and describes the role of the miniature and its survival as an art form in the face of competition from the new art of photography.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were avid collectors and commissioners of miniatures. Many were set into jewellery, showing that Queen Victoria appreciated the traditional sentimental function of the miniature.

From childhood, she used the miniature as a device to overcome absence from loved ones and after the death of Prince Albert, as a means to assuage grief by keeping his image ever present. 

Vanessa Remington is a Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection and a specialist in portrait miniatures.

Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, can be purchased online through the Royal Collection shop.