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Josephus Laurentius Dyckmans, detail from 'Grandmother's Birthday; La Fête de la Grandmère', Oil painting, 1867, Museum no. 1-1871


During the Victorian age, when Queen Victoria was on the throne from 1837 to 1901, Britain was the most powerful nation in the world, undergoing an industrial revolution, social reform and advances in science, technology and culture. In 1851 the Great Exhibition, housed in the Crystal Palace, had an enormous impact on the development of art and design throughout the Victorian age and led to the founding of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Design and the Decorative Arts: Victorian Britain 1837-1901

Design and the Decorative Arts: Victorian Britain 1837-1901

The V&A's bestselling Design and the Decorative Arts, Britain 1500-1900 is now available in three separate paperback volumes. This volume tells the st…

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Event - Victorian Art and Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts

Mon 18 January 2016–Mon 14 March 2016

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the world’s greatest collection of Victorian art and design and gain a unique insight into the rich and complex history of the period. This course will show how industrialisation, scientific developments and radical shifts in social and religious mores impacted on every aspect of Victorian life and the arts.

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