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Queen Victoria's Family: A Century of Photographs 1840-1940 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750926872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750926874
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlotte Zeepvat is a freelance writer and Historical Consultant of Royalty Digest. Her first book, Prince Leopold: The Untold Story of Queen Victoria's Youngest Son, (ISBN 0 7509 2292 3) was published to widespread acclaim in 1998; her second, Romantov Autumn: Stories from the Last Century of Imperial Russia (ISBN 0 7509 2337 7) was published in November 1999. She lives near Rye, Sussex.

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Format: Hardcover
"Queen Victoria's Family: A Century of Photographs 1840-1940" is a treasure trove of over three hundred pictures, the majority from Charlotte Zeepvat's personal hoard. The author's introduction traces the relationship of family and photography. The young Queen, newly married to Prince Albert, took a keen interest in the imaging process pioneered by Louis Daguerre. William Henry Fox Talbot was soon to patent the Calotype method that produced the first negatives making it possible for multiple images to be created from a single exposure. Henry Collen used this process to take the first known photographs of the Queen in 1844 or '45. A decade on, the Calotype was surpassed by the novel technique of André Diserda. Ms Zeepvat explains how Diserda's means of taking several different exposures on a single plate to produce a sheet of small images popularised and commercialised royal photography as the first carte-de-vistes were followed by the cabinet photograph and the postcard. This book is testimony to frequent close encounters of court and camera. Ms Zeepvat's readers observe the development of the family from the infancy of Vicky and Bertie, the future Kaiserin Friedrich and King Edward VII to the babyhood of Daisy and Tino, the present Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the exiled King Constantine II of the Hellenes. Page after page, even the most avid royal history enthusiast will come across something unseen in any previous publication.
Ms Zeepvat's introduction emphasizes the network of royal relationships depicted in the photographs that follow. The personalities in each picture are identified in the accompanying text, which often includes detailed descriptions, apt character sketches, and the most telling of anecdotes.
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Format: Hardcover
Charlotte Zeepvat has brought together a lovely set of royal photographs. Anyone with an interest in European royalty should think about buying this book. The numerous family groups show well the relationships between the many European royal houses pre 1918 and the post 1918 ones are interesting glimpses ofwhat happened to them, especially the German ones who lost their thrones and so are not as easy to find pictures of. There are also lovely shots of individuals. I especially liked the children, showing nursery life through the Victorian and Edwardian years. Particularly poignant were those of children, full of promise but destined never to grow up such as Princes Sigismund and Waldemar of Prussia and Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Princess Marie of Hesse. Altogether a wonderful history of an age and of historical interest to even the non-royal enthusiast.
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By A Customer on 11 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful volume. The lay out is such that one feels one is peeking into a private photo album. The photos are well chosen and enchanting, and the thumb nail sketches which accompany each picture are just the right length. Despite their brevity they are also very poignant, as in the chapter about war, when cousin fought cousin, brother-in-law fought brother-in-law and so on. The insight the reader gains into the Victorian royal way of life is superb. This is Charlotte Zeepvat's best book yet. Well done to her for letting us glimpse these rare snaps rather than sticking to the usual plates one usually sees in royal biographies.
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HASH(0xa26ef69c) out of 5 stars Photos Both Obscure and Well Known 26 Mar. 2002
By John D. Cofield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Queen Victoria's Family traces the photographical history of Queen Victoria's descendants from about 1840 to 1940. Some of the pictures are very familiar to any royal aficionado, but most are fairly new and show a lot of the less prominent members of the family, like the descendants of Leopold Duke of Albany, who tend to get the short end of the stick from other royal chroniclers. Its nice to browse through and because its arranged chronologically, the inherited family characteristics like weak chins and prominent eyes really jump out. It must have been difficult to tell the Waleses from the Edinburghs and the Glucksburgs from the Bernadottes at times! Its also interesting to see childhood pictures of some of today's royals. There's one picture of Prince Philip, for example, that looks just like his son Prince Edward at about the same age. Finally, this is a nice book because it helps us realize that the European royals were and are just one big extended family with multitudinous branches.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa253a4bc) out of 5 stars 100 years of royal photographs 29 Nov. 2001
By K. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The key to this book is actually in it's subtitle : 100 years of royal photography. It is heavy in photographs of Queen Victoria's family and her descendants. It deals not only with her children, but their children and grandchildren.
The pictures in this book are all of good quality, and some are not commonly seen on books on English royalty. Each photograph has a little story attched giving you some information on the person in the picture and something about what path their life took. There is some intersting information and suprises in these little stories.
The photos are divided into both private and public, so you get a mixture of family photos and some of royalty dressed to the hilt in jewels to die for.
An interesting, but slightly dissapointing book, as I would have loved to see more 19th century photos and maybe a greater range of formal pictures.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By N. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Zeepvat has compiled a collection of photographs any follower of Queen Victoria's family will appreciate. While many biographies display photos of Victoria and Albert, their children and children-in-law, only a smattering of her many grandchildren are featured. And rarely are there any likenesses given for her army of great-grandchildren. This treasury of snapshots, many before unseen by the general readership, is laid out in generational format. The insightful captions and copious genealogical charts in the end pages both make for easy reference to keep up with how the subjects are related to one another. In short, a very touching and well-presented album sure to please many.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa253aec4) out of 5 stars Magnificent 11 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely the ultimate book for photographs of Queen Victoria's extended family. Not only are the pictures wonderful but the author's captions put them in context and it is very easy to follow relationships within family lines.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa253da74) out of 5 stars Wow! As good as it gets... 18 Oct. 2001
By Butterfly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Queen Victoria's Family" by Charlotte Zeepvat is a wonderful book, one of the best books I ever read. I like Queen Victoria very much and have already read so many books about her and her family, but this is my special favorite. Because of the fantastic pictures Victoria and her family become alive again in this book. I think there is no other book about Victoria with so many and such beautiful pictures. Besides, I can say that Charlotte Zeepvat is an excellent author, her other book about Queen Victoria's son Leopold is also great. "Queen Victoria's Family" is a must-read book for everyone who is interested in this topic. Read it, you will be as enthusiastic about it as I am.
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