Laughing at Victoria: A Queen in Caricature

  • Ian HaywoodEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


This chapter looks at the prolific and sustained caricature campaign against the new queen. The chapter argues that radical caricaturists challenged the new, domesticated image of monarchy by focusing on the economic and ideological costs of popular delusion. Each stage in the royal romance of Victoria’s early career was vigorously lampooned—Queen’s speech, coronation, courtship, marriage and motherhood. The xenophobic stereotyping of her German husband and relations was simply one aspect of the radical refashioning of Victoria as a willing performer in a royal farce. This chapter also has an Afterword which considers the book’s contribution to various disciplines including periodical studies, art history, popular culture and labour history.


Queen Victoria: Prince Albert Chartism Royal paupers John Bull Charles Jameson Grant Duke of Wellington 


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  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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