Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Stern Looking Queen

The cabinet in yesterday's post is still in use. I was in the Ottawa Room yesterday, and spoke with one of the librarians for awhile. The cabinet stores index card information, mostly for genealogy records. I also spent time looking at fire insurance maps from the late 19th century and early 20th century, something related to tomorrow's post.

You might have noticed a bust on this cabinet. This is Queen Victoria as we often think of her- the grandmother in the late stages of her reign. It's a contrast to the statue of the Queen inside the Library of Parliament, a statue that shows her at a younger age.


  1. Your hobby is made familiar with this library for you?
    Have a great weekend, William.

  2. If you start to tell stories, I like to know them, we already know the winterlude.
    Have a good one, William.


  3. That is sweet of you to have spoken with the librarians about the cabinet and explain it to us. The bust I hadn't noticed but Queen Victoria will certainly keep a keen eye at all the books in the room.

  4. I always find it interesting that Canadians think a lot of Queen Victoria and even celebrate her birthday with Victoria Day in May. She doesn't get the same recognition in Britain.

  5. That sure is a stern looking bust. It looks as if Queen Victoria is guarding the cabinet :-)

  6. Queen Vic is seldom smiling, isn't she?

  7. I wonder if she was a stern as she often appears!

  8. @Jen: quite lifelike.

    @Orvokki: yes, I'm in that branch on a regular basis.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Marianne: I figured it was a good idea to follow up.

    @Gill: I think it's because she was Queen at the time of Confederation. For the city, it's also because she chose Ottawa as the capital.

    @Tamago: it does!

    @Ciel: not in any of the likenesses I've seen, but then again, considering she lost her husband relatively early on, that's to be expected.

    @EG: it's possible she might have had some humour at some time in her life.

    @Tex: they do!

  9. I don't believe there is a single statue of her with a smile on her face.

  10. I like her older look and a few more lines.

  11. Your archives have actually done something with the information. Our archives does a very good job of sharing and publicizing what's stored.

  12. I'm told that until recent times, smiling in photos and busts was unheard of.

  13. That Aimee.. She pinched my line again :)

  14. This is how I have seen her more often...

  15. Nice! I think I had a teacher in grade school that looked like that.

  16. William You are the best. I like Your stories.

  17. I agree with some commenteers... Spending some time with Queen V. would be anything but fun! :-)

  18. @Aimee: it seems a rare thing to see royalty amused.

    @Sharon: smiles might have been frowned on during Victorian times. Really, how many smiles can we see in photos or paintings from the latter half of the 19th century anywhere?

    @Birdman: I was chatting with the librarian yesterday about how most of the images we have of Victoria are at this stage of her life, whereas in contrast, with Elizabeth, we've got a wealth of photographs from her younger years through to the present day, so we don't really associate her as the Grandmother in the way we do with Victoria.

    @Red: I can't help but notice as I enlarged the photo that there are volumes of Karsh on the shelves.

    @Norma: that doesn't surprise me.

    @Grace: daughters will do that.

    @VP: it's the standard look for her.

    @Judy: I had a teacher back in the day who could have taught cruelty lessons to the Nazis... and she was old enough to have done so!

    @Inna: thank you!

    @Jose: you'd have to watch your every step.

    @Jan: it takes a lot of energy to run an empire.

  19. Tomorrows blog already sounds interesting. Waiting.......

  20. I have seen many statues of Queen Victoria over the years. This one has that very familiar expression.

  21. She had a very stern expression, but I must say that I love the clothing, etc. from the Victorian era. :)

  22. She looks as if her skin was painted gold and that she will speak any moment.

  23. I know they took liberties with the story but I appreciated how the movie "Young Victoria" brought her to life.

  24. @MB: it certainly is different looking at those kind of maps.

    @Denise: she looks like quite the authority.

    @Linda: yes, very classical.

    @Shelly: she does!

    @Kay: I love that film. Admittedly, I can freely say that I do find Emily Blunt extremely attractive!

  25. They could make a movie here. Nite in the Ottawa Room!

  26. Quite a woman, interested in what tomorrow's post will bring..

  27. She indeed framed a time and world. Also a medical cannabis user!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  28. @Jennifer: I think it was part of the job.

    @Janis: that's a different idea.

    @Geoff: I'm doing the write up for it now.

    @Cloudia: she certainly defined the era.

    @Mari: she does not!