Queen Victoria tweets!

June 5, 2012 at 11:49 am (british royalty, diaries, europe, history, news, portraits and paintings) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Charlotte Frost, a great friend to Two Teens in the Time of Austen ever since the publication of her excellent biography Sir William Knighton: The Strange Career of a Regency Physician, has alerted readers to the most wonderful news any “subject” could hear about in a Jubilee year: The Royal Archives have digitalized Queen Victoria’s journals!

**Access the journals via their homepage: Queen Victoria’s Journals**

What do you get when you visit? “In total 141 volumes of her journal survive, numbering 43,765 pages. They have never before been published in their entirety and have hitherto only been accessible to scholars by appointment…”

W-O-W!

Here is Victoria’s sketch of the singer Mademoiselle Grisi, 1834.

Sketches have their own search & see page – and just looking at all of this young girl’s work, over the years, gives a genuine thrill for those of us studying “naive” art in the 19th century. Her children’s portraits are sheer delight.

Marina Warner has written about Queen Victoria Sketching, and included comments about early lessons with Richard Westall, RA.

I LOVE that you even have choices to see Victoria’s “originals”, or later transcriptions and typescripts.

So why have I headed this blog post “Queen Victoria tweets“? In a statement, the Palace announced not only this digitization project, but also two other “projects”:

  • Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Scrapbook
  • “Over the Diamond Jubilee period, the Twitter account @QueenVictoriaRI will tweet selected excerpts from Queen Victoria’s Journals, illustrated by links to photographs, paintings and original documents. This account will run from 24th May until 7th June”

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NOTE OF LIMITED-TIME OFFER: except in the UK, access to Queen Victoria’s journals have an expiry date! Visit before July 1st… Those that giveth, also taketh away.

UPDATED: hurrah – but hurry: access has been extended to 31 July 2012 due to “the very positive response”.

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