The Social VictorianEdit
Parties, Performances, Funerals, and Knots that Collected Eminent and Less-than-Eminent VictoriansEdit
This project collects information about social events in London toward the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorians were supremely social people and the aristocracy were no exception. Little research has been done on their social lives and social networks, mostly because we haven't really decided, I think, what kinds of information would tell us about them. For the Victorians, that question was easier to answer than it has been for us: they'd find out about social events in the newspapers, and they'd track their own presence in the social world by their presence in newspaper accounts.
Once the British Newspaper Archive, from the British Library, began to digitize their newspaper collections, it became much easier to see what the Victorians themselves were reading about their social events. Because they were accessible to so few scholars until then, the information about Victorian social lives is all still new, undiscovered country.
This site begins with events, some of which are listed below. An event might be a party of some kind, a funeral, a performance of a play or show, or even the run of an exhibition. The closer we look at any of these events, the clearer it is that every event is made up of other events: prior events, sub-events, subsequent events, related events.
Some Social EventsEdit
- 2 July 1897 Fancy Dress Ball hosted by the Duchess of Devonshire at Devonshire House
- The Funeral of Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield
- The 1887 American Exhibition in London
- The Founding of the Royal College of Music
- The 100th Performance of the Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum and the Centenary Celebration Dinner Hosted by Henry Irving
Some Threads and KnotsEdit
- "Aristocratic Lady Journalists"
- The Marlborough House Set
- The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy-dress Ball: Networks Present
- The Golden Dawn
Other, Less Unique EventsEdit
- Marlborough House Party, evening party, Friday, 22 July 1881.
- Founding of the General Gordon League, 19 May 1885.
- Marlborough House Party, 27 July 1889.
- Dolmetsch Lecture and Concert at 20 Fitzroy Street, 19 December 1891.
- Opening Night at the Garrick Theatre, 18 February 1893.
- Concert Honoring Joachim and Piatti at the Grafton Galleries, 22 March 1893.
- Concert by the Amsterdam a Cappella Choir at the Goltsteins' At Home, 21 May 1894.
- Celebration Honoring Charles Wyndham at the Lyceum, Criterion and Hotel Cecil, 1 May 1896.
- Derby Day at Epsom Downs, an event that reoccurred annually.
- Marlborough House dinner party, Saturday, 18 March 1882.
- Dinner Honoring the Kendals, 16 July 1887.
- Lippincott Dinner at the Langham, 30 August 1889.
- Dinner and Small Concert Hosted by Mrs. Mackay, 3 July 1891.
- Small Dinner and Concert Hosted by Mrs. Mackay, 8 July 1893.
- Dinner Party at Marlborough House, 6 May 1896.
- Earl of Pembroke's State Dinner, 26 May 1897.
- State Dinner hosted by the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Hopetoun, 3 June 1899.
- Marlborough House Garden Party, 13 July 1880, 13 July 1880.
- Marlborough House Garden Party, 14 July 1881, 14 July 1881.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House for Queen Victoria, 13 July 1882.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House, Friday, 25 July 1884.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House, Thursday, 4 July 1889.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House, 15 July 1890.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House, 9 July 1891.
- Garden Party at Marlborough House, 5 July 1893.
- The Marquis of Hartington's Reception for the Duke of Cambridge, 2 July 1884.
- Count Münster's Reception at the German Embassy, 3 July 1884.
- Reception, or Evening Party, hosted by the Duchess of Bedford, 17 March 1885.
- Dinner and Reception at the Russian Embassy, 9 March 1886.
- Dinner and Reception at the French Embassy, 13 March 1886.
- Dinner and Reception at the German Embassy, 6 April 1886.
- Elizabeth Russell, Duchess of Bedford's reception, 19 February 1887.
- Marchioness of Salisbury's Reception, 23 March 1887.
- Henry Irving's Performance and Reception for the Colonial Premiers at the Lyceum, 28 June 1897.
Weddings and FuneralsEdit
- Funeral of Alfred, Lord Tennyson at Westminster Abbey, 12 October 1892.
- Wedding of Hon. Rosa Penelope Hood and W. Herbert Evans, 31 July 1894.
- Funeral of Arthur Cecil Blunt, 21 April 1896.
- Funeral of William Baliol Brett, Lord Esher, 29 May 1899.
Contents of this site by listsEdit
- The Souls
- The Lovely Five
- The "Royal Mob," Victoria's Children and Grandchildren
- Non-English Diplomats, Ambassadors and Ministers Who Attended Events in London at the End of the Century
- Members of the Armed Forces Who Attended Royal Functions
- People Who Attended Events Hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales
- The Bedford Park Set
- The Golden Dawn
- Alpha and Omega (Golden Dawn offshoot led by Mathers after he left the Golden Dawn in 1900)
- The Anthroposophical Society
- The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
- The Hermetic Colony Association
- The Hermetic Society
- The Sanitary Wood Wool Co.
- The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA)
- Theosophical Society
A list of datesEdit
Victorian Material HistoryEdit
A list of placesEdit
- The Reading Room at the British Library
- Bedford Park
- The British Aristocracy
- Courtiers' appointments, requirements, and lives
A list of organizations, businesses, and concernsEdit
- London Clubs
- The Men and Women's Club
- General Gordon League
- Todd, Dennes and Lamb, solicitors: 22 Chancery Lane, London, WC
- John M. Watkins, booksellers and publishers