Enlightened Princesses

Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World

Edited by Joanna Marschner with David Bindman and Lisa L. Ford

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March 28, 2017
592 pages, 10 x 11 1/2
528 color + 52 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300217100

Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art and Historic Royal Palaces

Caroline of Ansbach (1683–1737), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719–1772), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (1744–1818) were three German princesses who became Queens Consort—or, in the case of Augusta, Queen in Waiting, Regent, and Princess Dowager—of Great Britain, and were linked by their early years at European princely courts, their curiosity, aspirations, and an investment in Enlightenment thought. This sumptuously illustrated book considers the ways these powerful, intelligent women left enduring marks on British culture through a wide range of activities: the promotion of the court as a dynamic forum of the Hanoverian regime; the enrichment of the royal collection of art; the advancement of science and industry; and the creation of gardens and menageries.  Objects included range from spectacular state portraits to pedagogical toys to plant and animal specimens, and reveal how the new and novel intermingled with the traditional.

Joanna Marschner is senior curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Kensington Palace. David Bindman is professor emeritus of art history at University College London. Lisa L. Ford is assistant director of research at the Yale Center for British Art.


Yale Center for British Art

Kensington Palace

"The roll call is a guarantee of expertise and new insights; many are veterans of the challenge to the male-dominated Enlightenment narrative."—Charlotte Gere, Apollo

“[A] gorgeously illustrated, deeply researched catalog . . . [a] major achievement, with more than thirty essays remarkable for their many fresh insights on this rediscovered trio and the fascinating epoch in which they lived.”—Martin Filler, New York Review of Books
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