Queen, Wife, and Mother: More Queen Victoria...and What She Wore! | Newberry

Queen, Wife, and Mother: More Queen Victoria...and What She Wore!

Led by Debra Mancoff. 4 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesdays, May 22 - June 12

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Was Queen Victoria the original working mother? This seminar explores the popular image of the queen as docile wife and devoted mother (1840-1858, the time portrayed in the second season of the ITV Studios series, Victoria) through art and dress history, in contrast to her professional duties and private complaints. Four sessions.

Debra N. Mancoff, Newberry Scholar-in-Residence and author of Fashion Muse; Danger! Women Artists at Work, and Icons of Beauty: Art, Culture, and the Image of Women, writes on art, fashion, and culture.

Materials List


  • Julia Baird, Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire. Random House, 2016. ISBN#: 978-0349134505
  • A selection of shorter material provided by the instructor.


  • John Van der Kiste, Queen Victoria’s Children.

First Reading:

  • For the first class it is recommended but not mandatory to read Parts 1 and 2 of Baird’s book.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.