The Graphic: Funeral of Queen Victoria

September 1, 2010

One of the most impressive pieces of paper ephemera to be produced for Victoria’s funeral is this copy of The Graphic: The Funeral of Our Beloved Queen Victoria.

The symbolism of the two angels holding hands above the front text is a subtle hint at the contents which never become heavy handed in mourning, but celebrate the British Empire and depict the funeral.

Note the black cover and silver border and the interior with black border on white paper, the latter being a common device in latter 19th century / early 20th century ephemera. Costing a shilling, the book opens to a grand vision of the British Empire, with only the angel holding Victoria’s birth and death dates looking downwards, while the others trumpet the strength of the Empire over the sea; in between is Britannia herself.

Every interior picture of the funeral itself never strays from being superb and makes this important as a memorial piece and as an historical document.

Courtesy: Barbara Robbins
The Graphic: The Funeral of Our Beloved Queen Victoria, February, 1901

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