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Booklet – “Special Number of the Illustrated London News”
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Title: Booklet – “Special Number of the Illustrated London News”
Identifier: 979.6.1591
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1901
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A magazine published by The Illustrated London News, commemorating Queen Victoria. The date of publication was January 30, 1901. The front cover has a picture of Queen Victoria framed in an oval, with the royal crest in the background, and wreaths below. Along the bottom, the cover reads: PRICE ONE SHILLING. Office: 198, Strand, London, W.C. The magazine contains black and white engravings concerning the Queen and her life, and includes a detailed history of her reign as Queen of England. The front cover is detached. There are advertisements throughout.

Queen Victoria (1819 1901) was the queen of England from 1837 until her death. Succeeded by King Edward VII, her son, she figured prominently in Britain and its colonies and has been considered the first media monarch. Canada, a colony until 1867, maintained British imperial roots into the beginning of the twentieth century. The Harris family considered themselves British subjects as they served under Britain's kings and queens as part of their military tradition. Lithographs, photos, books, and articles featuring Queen Victoria are prominent items in the Benares collection illustrating the queen's importance to the family. See: John Plunkett, "Queen Victoria: First media monarch" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003); Walter L. Arnstein, "Queen Victoria" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).
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