Queen Victoria's World

This site offers some additional visual material in support of the online Queen Victoria’s Journals resource, which was the result of a unique partnership between the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives, working in collaboration with the online publisher ProQuest.

Queen Victoria 

Portrait of Queen Victoria, painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1859
Supplied by Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012

Diary of Catherine Paget

Catherine Paget (1846-1935) visited Osborne House on 23 January 1868 while staying as a guest with friends in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

Her account of the visit is included in a guard-book of miscellaneous papers held by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. misc. d. 244, fol.184r-203r); the text can be downloaded at: Diary of Catherine Paget (February 1868).

Victorian music

This gallery presents a selection of front covers of musical scores which relate in some way to Queen Victoria. Some are dedicated to her or her family, some were written specifically to commemorate royal events, and others are simply works by composers she admired or works named for her favourite performers. All are from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world - the Collection is particularly strong with regard to the 19th century, and therefore contains innumerable images which relate to the world of Queen Victoria.

Victorian maps

The map below shows the places in which Queen Victoria wrote her journal entries (in blue) and the places she wrote about (in red).

Geospatial visualization 

B1 (275) Travellers’ route chart of the world, 1896 (Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, 2012)

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