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Inspiration for Key Stage 2 Victorian History

Date Posted: 09/01/2015

The next exhibition at Tate Britain will use sculpture to offer an insight into Victorian Britain.

Opening on February 25, Sculpture Victorious will be the first major exhibition devoted to the innovative and compelling sculpture produced during Queen Victoria’s reign between 1837 and 1901.

It will show how sculpture featured in all aspects of Victorian politics, empire and industry and includes major Victorian sculptors like Francis Chantrey and Alfred Gilbert, alongside lesser-known artists such as Mary Watts and William Reynolds-Stephens.

Highlights include three pieces of jewellery from The Devonshire Parure 1856 made for Lady Granville, the 6th Duke of Devonshire's niece, to wear when she represented Queen Victoria at the coronation of Tsar Alexander II in Moscow; one of a unique pairing of large, coloured earthenware elephants manufactured for the 1889 Paris Exposition; and a Bishop’s pastoral staff in gilt metal, semi-precious stones, and enamels that is still in use today.

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