Sunday, January 13, 2013

Royal Gatherings by Ilana Miller and Art Beeche

Royal Gatherings Who is in the Picture...? is's newest book.

Art Beeche has delved deep into his private archive, and with the help of Ilana Miller, has produced a book that was inspired by the Who is in the Picture series in his magazine, European History Journal.

This is the first volume, and it covers 1859-1914.  The 38 chapters included family groups at engagements and weddings, parents with their children, and the final photograph of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Countess Sophie von Chotek shortly before their assassinations in June 1914.

The authors note that these photographs are a "unique record of family life, albeit privileged family life."

The family groups include Battenbergs, Greeks, Queen Victoria with her children at Coburg, the Bourbon-Two Sicilies, the Hohenlohe-Langenburgs, the Saxe-Coburg and Gothas, Danes, Spain, Belgium, among others.

The images evoke more than the event thanks to the accompanying text written by Ilana Miller and Art Beeche.  One can look at the photograph, and become a part of it by reading the story about the people in the photograph.

 One quibble:  the  authors should have included a bibliography of source material. 

The  best way to order Royal Gatherings is through Amazon.  I look forward to volume II.

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