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On January 22, 1901 Queen Victoria died
at Osborne. It is redundant to review the achievements of her reign, but
it is worth quoting the opening paragraph of “Onr Notebook” by L. F. Austin
for the double number entitled
(Appendix List no. 38) published on Jan. 26, 1901:- “When the Nineteenth Century faded out, nobody was heart-stricken, for the world does not grieve over an imperceptible point of time. But at the end of the Victorian Era, who is not conscious of a great blank? Death has taken from us the Sovereign who, in a sense that has no precedent, mothered not only her own subjects, but even other nations. With no attribute of autocracy, she has given to the Crown of England a prerogative more commanding than any other absolute power, a prerogative that made Victoria a magical name throughout the earth. It was not sinply that her reign was coincident with the widest spread of British rule, but that her character endorsed the principle of monarchy with a moral authority it had never before possessed. Amidst all the strife of politics, and even of international conflict, “The Queen” was a watchword that had in it a calm, a dignity, an ideal of reverence, acknowledged in every clime. The number records the Queen’s life, illustrations of her last public engagements and private interviews, scenes outside Buckingham Palace, the doctors in attendance during her illness and members of the royal family who were at Osborne during her last illness. The cover, in black, is dominated by the portrait of Queen Victoria taken by Messrs. Gunn and Steward of Richmond. This issue was a weekly number (No. 3223, Vol. 118; pages 99-148; measuring 30 x 42 cm and priced at one shilling).
On January 30th was published a special
number of the ILN which takes the form of a conplete pictorial chronicle
of the’ Queen’s life by Max Pemberton. This ‘In Memoriam’
edition is entitled
(Appendix List no. 39) Of the 48 pages of this number there is a 16 page section on the Accession of Edward the Seventh. The cover, in purple and black, represents a large drape with the royal cypher on it tied to ornamental poles. A mass of wreaths lies at the foot and an engraving of Victoria, in an oval frame, appears to the left of centre. The magazine has 48 pages, measures 30 x 42 cm and was priced at one shilling.
The next special number was another ‘panoramic issue
which was published on February 7th. It was entitled
(Appendix List no. 40) It illustrates the funeral procession from Osborne; the embarkation at Cowes; the voyage of the ‘Alberta’ thence to Portsmouth; the arrival at Victoria Station; the procession through London; the arrival of the bier at Paddington Station; the procession through Windsor and the service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The cover, in purple, shows mourners from all walks of life and from all corners of the Empire standing in silent prayer before a wreath-strewn catafalque which is draped with flags and surmounted by a cushion on which lie the royal crown and sceptre. A grieving Britannia sits on the steps at the left near the group of royal mourners. This issue consists of 38 pages, measures 60 x 42 cm and was priced at two shillings.
The funeral number was the weekly number published on February 9th (no. 3225 Vol. 118, pages 185-210, priced at sixpence). The ordinary advertising wrapper was printed in mourning purple.
(Appendix list no. 41). It records scenes similar to those in the previous publication, with an emphasis on those showing the procession passing through Windsor and the view of the procession leaving Windsor for Frogmore. In this issue there is a preference for photographic representation rather than drawn illustrations.
The most sumptuous of the publications issued by the
ILN on the occasion of the Queen’s death was the third in the series of
Record Numbers. This was
(Appendix List no. 42). It contains fourteen India Proof and other photogravures illustrating important events in the Queen’s life and in the life of Edward VII. The letterpress comprises articles on the private and public life of Queen Victoria and on all social, political and intellectual developments during the late Queen’s reign. The volume includes an account of the life and accession of Edward VII by Edward Dicey and the life of Queen Alexandra by Mrs. Belloc-Lowndes. The front card cover is in embossed red and gold with intricate royal and national motifs and emblems forming a background to framed coloured portrait miniatures of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, Prince George and his eldest son Prince Edward. The issue was 102 pages long and the covers were wrapped in an illustrated tissue guard. It was priced at five shillings.
(Photogravures from pictures by Sir John Millais; Benjamin Constant; W. P. Frith; Sir G. Hayter; R. Caton Woodville; S. Begg; Allen Stewart; H. W. Koekkoek; G. Amato; H. C. Seppings Wright and C. de Lacy. Contents: Queen Victoria by Justin McCarthy; The Art of the Victorian Era by Frederick Wedmore; The Literature of the Victorian Era by George Saintsbury; Religion in the Victorian Era by Dean Farrar; Science in the Victorian Era by Edward Clodd; The Stage of the Victorian Era by Sir Henry Irving; The Navy in the Victorian Era by W. Laird Clowes; The Army in the Victorian Era by Major Arthur Griffiths; Travel in the Victorian Era by F. C. Selous; The Politics of the Victorian Era by H. W. Lacy; Education in the Victorian Era by W. Haig-Brown; The Imperial Policy of the Victorian Era by C. de Thierry; Edward VII by Edward Dicey; Queen Alexandra by M. A. Belloc-Lowndes)