Exhibition | Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on September 5, 2019

From the Lewis Walpole Library:

Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair
The Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, New Haven, 9 September — 19 December 2019

Curated by Cynthia Roman and Mike Widener

Attributed to Theodore Lane, The Q-n’s ass in a band-box, 22 January 1821; hand-colored etching with stipple (Lewis Walpole Library).

Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair exhibition marks the bicentennial of the Queen Caroline divorce proceedings and focuses on the prolific media coverage around the 1820 trial. The trial is famous among cultural historians as a media event; in law it is remembered for Lord Brougham’s argument that a lawyer’s only duty is “to save that client by all means and expedients.”

There will be an online component following the physical exhibition. For the online exhibition, Cynthia Roman and Mike Widener have invited several scholars from diverse disciplines, at Yale and beyond, including many former research fellows, to contribute a short note focused on an object or group of objects of their choice from the Queen Caroline-related collections.

Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair will enable visitors to explore the rich resources at Yale on the topic of Queen Caroline (1768–1821) and many scholarly perspectives from cultural and legal historians on this fascinating story. A mini-conference, in connection with exhibition, will be held on the afternoon of October 4.

The exhibition is curated by Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Lewis Walpole Library; and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library.

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  1. Kate said, on September 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Just reading book on how Victoria became Queen, which goes into marriage & divorce of Queen Caroline. Would love to visit exhibition!

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