Author Archives: Helen Cresswell

Love 1862: The Bride of Lammermoor

Victoria and Albert loved the work of Sir Walter Scott, so this painting of The Bride of Lammermoor (1819) is a suitable choice for our week of love and 1862.  Scott’s novels were a very popular source of subject matter … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Bewitched!

So, it’s that time of year again, when advertisements for dating sites are everywhere, pink chocolate hearts are for sale, and plans are made for Valentines Day (love it or loath it).  During our 1862 research we’ve come across some … Continue reading

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Love 1862: The Great British Bake Off

Today we’re celebrating the marriage of Victoria and Albert, wed upon this day in 1840, and we need a proper cake befitting the occasion… how about these two showstoppers exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition?  Cassell’s Illustrated Guide takes us … Continue reading

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Love 1862: An Introduction

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are well known for being one of the most romantic couples in the history of the British monarchy. So when the editors of visit1862 discovered that the anniversary of their wedding (10th February 1840) falls … Continue reading

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The Empty Chair: Designing A ‘Royal’ Experience

Today’s publishing date of this post marks an important date for nineteenth-century historians, for it was on Tuesday 22nd January 1901 that Queen Victoria died, at the grand old age of 81 at her beloved Osborne House.  The royal couple … Continue reading

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The Festival Ode

We think that Tennyson’s poem merits inclusion in The Objects column, as our research is discovering that poetry celebrating International Exhibitions was quite a typical Victorian response to these events.  Inventive (if rather florid) rhyming couplets can be found in … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the twelfth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… twelve Drummers Drumming For our final post on the twelve days of an 1862 Christmas, let us conclude by having a look at the interior of the exhibition … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the eleventh day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… eleven Pipers Piping   Although not a design from Crace’s 1862 scheme, this watercolour does demonstrate something of Crace’s approach to organ design.  In 1862, a ‘blind’ man … Continue reading

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The Tenth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the tenth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… ten Lords a Leaping   The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established in 1850 to oversee the organisation of the first International Exhibition – known … Continue reading

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The Ninth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the ninth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… nine Ladies Dancing   This bodice and skirt, made of jaquard-woven silk trimmed with satin and lined with glazed cotton, was donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum … Continue reading

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