Friday 24 March – Sunday 29 October 2017
Lady Canning was a talented watercolour artist who became lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria in 1842. She accompanied the Queen on many public and private tours and recorded the places that they visited in a series of accomplished watercolours, particularly of Scotland and Osborne on the Isle of Wight. She also instructed Victoria in the art of watercolour and one of Queen Victoria’s copies after Lady Canning’s work is on display in the exhibition, showing the countryside near Balmoral in Scotland. With her husband Charles, Charlotte also travelled around Europe and eventually accompanied him to India, when he was appointed Governor-General in 1855.
These exceptionally fine watercolours are on display for the first time in over 20 years. The exhibition initially concentrates on the relationship between Queen Victoria and Lady Canning and Charlotte’s travels around Europe. It will be refreshed at the end of June to reflect her time in India, as we approach the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence this summer.
Born Charlotte Stuart in 1817, Lady Canning was the daughter of Sir Charles Stuart de Rothesay, who served as British Ambassador in Paris, where Charlotte and her sister Louisa lived from 1817–30. Moving to the newly built family home Highcliffe Castle, Hampshire in 1834, Charlotte married Charles Canning in 1835, who became Viscount Canning in 1837.