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A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Anne M. Lyden, curator of international photography at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and curator of the exhibition, discusses Queen Victoria's engagement with photography—from her earliest collecting to her changing image.

Sunday, May 18, 2014; 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Culinary Course

Culinary Workshop: The Victorian Appetite

Discover the art, culture, and cuisine of Victorian England with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites. Explore early photography in the exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, then learn the history of the English high tea while preparing a traditional tea service complete with the scones, jams, and tea sandwiches suited to a well-appointed Victorian home. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Thursday, March 6, 2014; 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Repeats Friday, March 7, 2014
Getty Center: Private Dining Room

Studio Course

Double Vision: Making Albumen Print Stereographs

Explore vintage cameras, lenses and historic photographic processes with Luther Gerlach, a nationally recognized photographer specializing in 19th-century techniques, and learn to make albumen print stereographs from negative to final print in this day-long studio workshop. Open to 24 participants. Course fee $125. Complimentary parking.

Thursday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Studios


Artist at Work: The Daguerreotype

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates the materials and techniques used to make daguerreotypes, an early photographic medium invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Daguerreotypes were a wildly popular medium for portraiture into the mid-1850s and were collected by Queen Victoria. This is a free, drop-in program.

Sundays, March 23 and 30, and April 6 and 13, 2014; 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Studios

Artist at Work: Wet-Plate Collodion Negatives

Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints using authentic 19th-century cameras, lenses, and procedures. This is a free, drop-in program.

Sundays, May, 4, 18, and 25, 2014; 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Courtyard


Film Series: Victoria Regina

Queen Victoria, the most dramatized of all British monarchs, has held fascination for filmmakers since the inception of cinema. This film series features four films and one televised play about Victoria in which her life, her loves, and her many achievements—over an astonishing 50-year reign—are explored and celebrated.

Saturday, February 15, 2014; 4:00 p.m. Victoria Regina (1961, 75 min, DVD)
Saturday, February 15, 2014: 7:00 p.m. The Mudlark (1950, 99 min, 35mm)
Sunday, February 16, 2014: 2:00 p.m. The Young Victoria (2009, 105 min, 35mm)
Saturday, February 22, 2014; 7:00 p.m. Victoria the Great (1937, 112 min, 35mm)
Sunday, February 23, 2014; 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Brown (1997, 105 min, 35mm)
Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Audtorium

Family Activity

Family Festival

Delve into Queen Victoria's 19th-century world through the medium of photography and the excitement of a family festival. Enjoy the bagpipes of her beloved Scotland, sing along to English music hall tunes, revel in the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and have your picture taken to create your own "carte de visite." Make a royal crown or a photo album of your visit to the Getty Center at one of the hands-on workshops.

Saturday, April 12, 2014; 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center

Free GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Discover unusual stories behind select photographs from Queen Victoria's public and private lives, as experts discuss the evolution of a medium and a monarch. Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Banner image: The Prince and the Queen (detail), 1854, Roger Fenton, hand-colored salted paper print. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013