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Royal Collectors: Queen Victoria Prince Albert and Their Art Susan Owens Wednesday 16 January 2019

Each birthday and Christmas Victoria and Albert exchanged gifts of paintings, sculpture and jewellery and commisioned artists to record thrir lives at Balmoral and Osborne House.  They were keen amateur artists sitting side by side to draw.  Many items of their art collection are in a special room, designed by Prince Albert, at Windsor Castle.  The lecture not only covers famous paintings  by Landseer and Winterhalter but also lesser known watercolours, which the royal couple arranged in their "souvenir albums"

Susan Owens is an art historian, writer and curator.  She has degrees in English litarature and European art from Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute respectively and also received a PhD from UCL for research into work by Aubrey Beardsley.  She has been curator for the Royal Collection and curator of paintings at the V and A and has also written and co-authored works on various aspects of art.  She is now free lance.