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Our Favourite Queen Anne cameo

22 January 2019 by Charlotte

The cameo portrait of Sarah Churchill

Have you seen the new blockbuster film The Favourite? Featuring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, the film is loosely based on the true story of the Queen’s romantic relationship with Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Malborough, and later, her cousin Abigail, Baroness Masham.

Coleman has already won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance and the film is tipped to win big at both the Baftas and Oscars where in each case it leads the award nominations.

The Guardian describes the film as ‘a souped up and sweary quasi-Restoration romp full of intrigue and plotting – with wigs, clavichords and long corridors to storm down’ and I can’t wait to see it!

If you’ve seen it, or even if you haven’t, you might be interested in visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery where you can see a small cameo portrait of Sarah Churchill.

If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can read more about Queen Anne, Sarah and Abigail as part of our online project Pride and Prejudice, which brings together art and social history items with an LGBT+ connection.

What do you think of the film?

‘Troublesome ladies’ and #Vote100

6 February 2018 by Charlotte

Today marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918. This law allowed some women to vote for the first time, but it only applied to women over the age of 30 who had property rights or a university education. The Act also enabled all men over the age of 21 to vote for the first time too.

The campaign for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote, began to gain momentum in the mid 19th century. The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded in 1903 by former members of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) frustrated by the campaign’s slow progress. Led by Christine Pankhurst, the WSPU sought to attract attention to their cause in new ways. Their motto was ‘Deeds, not words’ and their actions became increasingly disruptive and violent in the years that followed. They committed acts of arson, damaged public buildings and even planted bombs, while others targeted famous works of art in public galleries and museums.  Read more…

Discovering new artists at the Edinburgh Art Festival

28 August 2015 by Charlotte

Work by Nathan Anthony.

Work by Nathan Anthony.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Art Festival for the first time during a research trip connected to the Art Fund New Collecting Award the Walker Art Gallery recently received.  The Gallery has been awarded £60,000 by the Art Fund to expand its collection of works representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes.  Read more…



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