In the centre of Hull, proudly overlooking Ferens Art Gallery, stands Queen Victoria’s statue. Now, in Ferens’ latest exhibition, the monarch’s own Jewel-Cabinet will visit the city, as part of an ongoing partnership with Royal Collection Trust.
This collaboration brings the artistic masterpiece, designed by Ludwig Grüner, to Hull for the first time, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.
Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet will be the centrepiece of the upcoming exhibition, displayed amongst Victorian highlights from Ferens Art Gallery’s permanent collection, including the much-loved painting, The Lion at Home by Rosa Bonheur.
The Jewel-Cabinet was an award-winning exhibit at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and was a cherished gift from Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Since that time, it has been cared for in the Royal Collection and remains a significant royal artefact.
Gilded on every surface, the exquisite Jewel-Cabinet is laden with portraits and medallions bearing the many faces of Queen Victoria’s family. It was this same family that later visited Hull in 1854.
Following Queen Victoria’s visit to the city, the monarch became one of Hull’s most recognisable figures, with Queens Gardens, Queen’s Dock and Queen Victoria Square all bearing her name. Ferens’ latest exhibition will give a new generation the opportunity to recognise Queen Victoria’s influence on the city, and admire one of her most treasured gifts.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said: “It is fantastic that the Gallery continues its ambitious exhibitions programme in partnership with Royal Collection Trust. It is also great that visitors will have the opportunity to see some of Hull’s favourite Victorian artworks alongside this masterpiece.”
Visitors are invited to celebrate the unveiling of Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet in an exclusive private view on the 3 April 2020, 6pm until 8pm. Limited free tickets are available via: www.hullmuseums.eventbrite.com
There are family activities throughout the Easter School holidays and a programme of talks to complement the exhibition. To find out more about these events, pick up a free What’s On guide at the gallery, visit www.hcandl.co.uk/ferens or book free tickets on Eventbrite.
This free exhibition will run from 4 April – 5 July 2020 in Gallery 5
The Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
[Michael Berriman – Hull City Council]