Enlightened Princesses Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World Joanna Marschner, David Bindman, Lisa L. Ford, A. Cassandra Albinson, Robyn Asleson, Donald Burrows, Wolf Burchard, Florence Grant, Tyler Griffith, Mark Hallett, Craig Ashley Hanson, Samantha Howard, Roisin Inglesby, Emma Jay, Berta Joncus, Kathryn Jones, Mark Laird, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Amy R. W. Meyers, Clarissa Campbell Orr, Frank Prochaska, Lee Prosser, Aileen Ribeiro, Joseph Roach, Jane Roberts, Cynthia Ellen Roman, Matthew Storey, John Styles, Glenn Adamson

Publication date:
07 Feb 2017
Yale University Press
592 pages: 292 x 254mm
528 color + 52 b-w illus.
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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.

“Erudite but accessible and ambitious in scope, it is visually stunning and consistently engaging.”—Matthew Dennison, World of Interiors