Woman's Hour -The Queen's Works of Art (2010)
Art played a remarkable role in the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The couple frequently exchanged paintings, jewellery and sculpture to show their love for each other. Now a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace reveals that despite the monarch's enduring image as a dour widow of 40, she had been a lively, romantic and open-minded young woman. Jenni Murry is joined by Jonathan Marsden, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art, who curated the exhibition, and Lynda Nead, Professor of The History of Art at Birkbeck University, to talk about some of the treasures in the collection. What does this exchange of art tell us about Victoria and Albert's relationship? And how do some of the more erotic pieces change the standard view of Victorian society. First broadcast in 2010.