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117,964.  In the last episode we saw how Britain was invaded by the Victorians who fought and won the industrial revolution but not without losing their leader, Queen Victoria, who stopped happening just as the 20th century began.  (Great Britain & Victoria)  Cunk on Britain s1e4

 

 

40,895.  The Famine Queen.  (Insult & Victoria)  Maud Gonne MacBride, Irish nationalist and actor, of Queen Victoria

 

 

30,354.  Spring 1851: the word Victoria enters the English language and a very small woman enters a very big building.  She is four-foot-eleven yet somehow she fills it.  Her moment is so pregnant for the future it seems holy.  Victoria herself is flooded with religious awe.  Neither she nor anyone else has ever seen anything like this building before: a greenhouse the size of a palace with a difference that this is from the beginning a People’s Palace.  A popular magazine calls it the Crystal Palace ... A huge showcase for Britain’s industrial empire.  (Great Britain & England & Victoria & Building)  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Victoria and Her Sisters

 

30,355.  She was of course the most desirable catch in Europe ... Helped by that handsome, or as she put it, angelic German head, well she pretty much ran the show, virtually grabbing hold of her curly-haired intended and sprinting for the altar.  It was Victoria who supplied the ring, asked Albert for a lock of his hair and wallowed in the kissing sessions.  (Great Britain & England & Victoria)  ibid.

 

30,356.  Victoria simply melted away into the amazed bliss of conjugal love.  (Great Britain & England & Victoria)  ibid.   

 

30,357.  Victoria and Albert’s passion for each other was strictly a private matter.  (Great Britain & England & Victoria)  ibid.

 

30,358.  Six million came to see the Show of Shows.  (Great Britain & England & Victoria)  ibid. 

 

 

30,940.  The Tories tried to form a government and Victoria wrecked their chances.  (England & Victoria & Great Britain & Monarchy)  Monarchy by David Starkey s3e5: Survival   

 

30,941.  This left Albert a free hand to shape his own vision of monarchy.  He arrived in a Britain transformed by the Reform Act.  (England & Victoria & Great Britain & Monarchy)  ibid.

 

 

30,957.  Victoria was kept under constant surveillance.  (England & Great Britain & Victoria)  Dr Lucy Worsley, Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changes History: Happy Families III

 

30,958.  A personality that was wilful and imperious.  (England & Great Britain & Victoria)  ibid.

 

30,959.  Albert died at Windsor Castle – he was just forty-two.  (England & Great Britain & Victoria)  ibid.

 

 

123,154.  In 1840 two twenty-year-olds became the most famous couple on Earth – the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg was a pivotal moment in British history.  What began as an arranged marriage became the greatest royal love story of all time.  (Victoria & Wedding)  Dr Lucy Worsley, Victoria & Albert: The Royal Wedding, BBC 2018

 

123,155.  She left us her thoughts – 141 volumes of them.  (Victoria & Wedding)  ibid.  

 

123,156.  The Royal Couple celebrated with the most lavish wedding breakfast – more than a hundred dishes.  (Victoria & Wedding)  ibid.

 

 

31,160.  It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.  The Victorian age was one of soaring ambition.  Technological wonder.  And awesome grandeur.  As well as ugliness.  Squallor.  And misery on an unprecedented scale.  The Victorians knew life was changing faster than ever before.  And they recorded that change in paintings that were the cinema of their day.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians I: Painting the Town: Their Story in Pictures

 

31,161.  They had invented the modern city.  (England & Great Britain & City & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,162.  At the end of a hard day’s labour a bowl of gruel.  (England & Great Britain & Food & Art & Victorian)  ibid.  

 

31,163.  The Thames became an open sewer.  The newspapers dubbed the crisis the Great Stink.  (England & Great Britain & Thames & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,164.  Six million houses were built during Victoria’s reign.  (England & Great Britain & Housing & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,165.  The Suburb was a brilliant invention.  (England & Great Britain & Housing & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

 

31,166.  Victoria and Albert’s was a genuine loving marriage.  (England & Great Britain & Victoria & Art)  Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians II: Home Sweet Home

 

31,167.  Keeping a mistress wasn’t unusual.  In William Holman Hunt’s scandalous picture The Awakening Conscious a man canoodles with his mistress in their love nest.  (England & Great Britain & Affairs & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,168.  In London in 1857 it is estimated there is one prostitute for every twenty-five men.  And many of their clients were married.  Sexually transmitted diseases were rife.  (England & Great Britain & Prostitute & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,169.  Sherry, Sir: William Powell Frith.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.  painting of content servants

 

31,170.  There were some whose place would never be comfortable. (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,171.  The Governess: Richard Redgrave.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.  painting of sad servant

 

31,172.  An Anxious Hour: Fanny Farmer.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.  painting of dying child

 

31,173.  Young Frederick Asleep At Last: George Elgar Hicks.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,174.  The Doctor: Luke Fildes.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.  doctor by bed of dying child

 

31,175.  Hushed: Frank Holl.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,176.  In reality children had never been more vulnerable.  This was the great age of epidemic: tuberculosis, scarlet fever and typhoid killed thousands of children every year.  No amount of money or prayer could keep death from the door.  (England & Great Britain & Disease & Children & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,177.  She was what the Victorians called a baby farmer ... In the case of Amelia Dyer she never kept.  Over the space of thirty years she took in more than fifty babies and she killed them all.  (England & Great Britain & Murder: Dyer & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,178.  Found Drowned by G F Watts is an almost religion vision of the fallen woman.  Stretched out like a martyr to Victorian morality ... Her body is bathed in a warm light.  Set against a cold uncaring world.  A single light shines down on her ... It’s title was taken from a regular column in The Times newspaper which listed the number of women who had thrown themselves into the Thames.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Suicide & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,179.  The Outcast.  Richard Redgrave.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,180.  In Past And Present Augustus Leopold Egg shows a wife prostrated before her husband begging for forgiveness ... In his hand he holds a letter he has intercepted from his wife’s lover.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,181.  Two more paintings accompany the main picture ... The sins of the mother have been visited on the next generation.  In the final painting the destitute mother lies huddled alone under an arch cradling the illegitimate child that is the product of her affair.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,182.  For a woman it was all too often a prison.  Painters showed the Victorian wife bound by law, by convention, by religious teaching.  Even by the clothes she wore.  (England & Great Britain & Woman & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

 

31,183.  May 1st 1851 ... Hyde Park London: from the Earth rose a vast glittering Crystal Palace made of glass and cast iron ... It took the world’s breath away ... One picture captured the significance of that day: The First of May 1851 Franz Winterhalter.  (England & Great Britain & Building & Art & Victorian)  Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians III: Having It All

 

31,184.  Sheffield was Steel City.  At the time of the Great Exhibition it produced half the quantity of steel produced in the entire world ... Five million tons in 1900.  (England & Great Britain & Steel & Industrial Revolution & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,185.  Industry of the Tyne: William Bell Scott.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,186.  His factory on the Tyne became Britain’s largest manufacturer of guns and warships.  With the profits of war Armstrong built his very own stately home ... In 1887 he became Baron Armstrong.  (England & Great Britain & Manufacturing & Factory & Arms & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,187.  Just six hundred men charged into the valley against five thousand Russian soldiers and their artillary.  (England & Great Britain & Crimean War & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,188.  The Roll Call: Lady Elizabeth Butler.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

 

31,189.  One foreign minister described his government’s policy in the 1870s as 'Fortify Occupy Grab and Brag'.  (England & Great Britain & Foreign Relations UK & Empire UK & Art & Victorian)  ibid.   

 

31,190.  Hard Times.  Hubert von Herkomer.  (England & Great Britain & Art & Victorian)  ibid.

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