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The Crown in Focus By Claudia Acott Williams

The Crown in Focus by Claudia Acott Williams

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The Crown in Focus traces the remarkable relationship between the British Royal Family and photography over the course of nearly 200 years, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's enthusiastic adoption of the emerging technology in the mid-19th century to the use of Instagram by the modern monarchy.

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The Crown in Focus: Two Centuries of Royal Photography by Claudia Acott Williams

The Crown in Focus traces the remarkable relationship between the British Royal Family and photography over the course of nearly 200 years, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's enthusiastic adoption of the emerging technology in the mid-19th century to the use of Instagram by the modern monarchy. Today, photographs of the British Royal Family remain some of the most widely distributed images across the world. Featuring iconic formal portraits alongside little-known pictures from private collections, this fascinating book explores how each new development of the medium has been embraced to record royal life. Since its invention almost two centuries ago, photography has created an unprecedented intimacy between monarch and subject. Where previously royal painted portraiture allowed a degree of control and an element of creative licence and negotiation between artist and sitter, the development of the photographic image provided the public with a more personal window on to the lives of the people behind the pageantry. Over the years, the medium has helped to shape the role and purpose of the Royal Family - to the point where, in a rapidly changing society, the close connection between Crown and camera has ensured the continued survival and popularity of the British monarchy. The book also considers the art of royal photography through the monarchy's patronage of such major 20th-century photographers as Cecil Beaton and family members Lord Snowdon and Patrick Lichfield, and such contemporary photographers as Chris Jackson. Members of the Royal Family have always been keen photographers themselves. The Crown in Focus includes pictures from their private albums, and looks, too, at the publication of photographs by the royals, from Queen Alexandra to the Duchess of Cambridge, where the personal view has become the public image. Written by an expert curator from Historic Royal Palaces and published to coincide with a major new exhibition at Kensington Palace, the book combines an introductory essay with 200 extraordinary royal images and engaging extended captions that reveal the story behind each photograph.

About Claudia Acott Williams

Professor Sir David Cannadine is a historian of modern British history from 1800 to 2000. He is currently Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and President of the British Academy. He previously taught at Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia and London, where he was Director of the Institute of Historical Research. He has published extensively on aspects of social, cultural, political and imperial British history, and has been General Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography since 2014. Claudia Acott Williams is a Collections Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, specializing in royal, court and dress history from the 18th century to the present day. She read history at undergraduate level and museum studies at master's level, both at University College London. She began her career at the National Trust and joined Historic Royal Palaces in 2013 to work with the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. She is now Curator of Kensington Palace, responsible for the presentation of the palace interiors and the displayed and stored collections. She was Lead Curator of the permanent exhibition Victoria: A Royal Childhood, and also worked on the exhibitions Victoria Revealed, Diana: Her Fashion Story and Fashion Rules: Restyled. She is a contributing lecturer to the online course `A History of Royal Fashion', and gives regular lectures on the royal palaces, collections, court and dress history at universities and to special-interest groups around the UK.

Table of Contents

7 Foreword by David Cannadine 9 Introduction 21 The New Art of Photography 53 Creating a Public Image 85 Recording the Reign 117 Sense and Sentiment 149 A New Elizabethan Age 181 Monarchy and the Media 212 Glossary 214 Family Tree 216 Further Reading 217 Acknowledgements 218 Picture Credits 219 Index

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NGR9781858946863
9781858946863
1858946867
The Crown in Focus: Two Centuries of Royal Photography by Claudia Acott Williams
New
Hardback
Merrell Publishers Ltd
2020-05-15
224
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