Queen Victoria Appears at The Atkinson

 Why Look at Animals’ examines how our relationship with animals has changed  and features a wide range of animal paintings and sculptures by leading British artists from the last 200 years.

One of the stand-out highlights is a group of watercolours and prints generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.. Stephen Whittle, The Atkinson’s Museum and Gallery Manager visited Windsor Castle to view the collection and select the works for the exhibition.

The works include watercolours by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both taught to paint by Sir Edwin Landseer, whose drawings they often copied and who also has several paintings and drawings in the exhibition.

Queen Victoria played a leading role in what became a national craze for keeping animals, particularly dogs, as domestic pets. Among the artwork on display are pictures of Eos, Prince Albert’s favourite dog, a beautiful greyhound bitch whom he adored.

Eos was accidentally shot and badly injured by the Queen’s uncle Ferdinand. The Queen was so furious that another of her uncles, King Leopold of the Belgians was reported as saying, ‘It would have been better if Ferdinand had shot another member of the royal family.’!

Paintings from The Atkinson’s own remarkable collection include work by the leading cat painter of the Victorian age, Henrietta Ronner, and an outstanding equestrian painting by Sir Alfred Munnings. The exhibition also includes several contemporary pieces from the Arts Council.

’Why Look at Animals’ can be seen until  March 2018.



For interviews or photos please contact Emma Lloyd Emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk / 0151 934 2129

‘Why Look at Animals’
Until March 2018
Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sundays 11am-3pm (School holidays only)


About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.

Our lovely gift shop is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax and take in your day in our Bakery with a scrumptious café and coffee.

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Royal Collection Trust

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen.  Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.


The Royal Collection

The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.  It comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and is spread among some 15 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public.  The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual.

At The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh aspects of the Collection are displayed in a programme of temporary exhibitions.  Many works from the Collection are on long-term loan to institutions throughout the UK, and short-term loans are frequently made to exhibitions around the world as part of a commitment to public access and to show the Collection in new contexts.

Explore the Royal Collection at www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection






Posted on 15 June 2017 under Just announced

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