Fri, September 14, 2012 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Rosemary Hill (All Souls College, Oxford)
Adored by his wife, mistrusted by his adopted country and memorialized in gilt after his death, Prince Albert remains elusive as a personality. If he was not the saint Queen Victoria imagined, neither was he Lytton Strachey’s ‘impeccable waxwork’. A man of strong character, political sophistication and taste, he gave his adopted nation a new idea of what art and science might achieve. Perhaps he saved the monarchy.
Rosemary Hill is a writer and historian of art and ideas. Her biography of Pugin, God’s Architect (2007), won the Wolfson History Prize and her Stonehenge (2008), received the Historians of British Art Prize. She is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books, a trustee of the Victorian Society, and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her current research is on the history of antiquarianism in the Romantic period.