Sunday, 15 July 2007

Queen Victoria's Fig Leaf

Historic Fig Leaf for hiding Private PartsTo complete a trio of royal blogs, here's something I've been saving for a rainy day: the actual fig leaf used by museum officials to hide the rude parts of naked male statues whenever Queen Victoria visited an exhibition in which said parts were on display. Why they bothered, I don't know. When I visited Osbourne House as a small boy, I was startled to see a bronze statuette of a naked man with an erection! The works of art in Osbourne House were collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. So the Queen wasn't the prude that Victorian society made her out to be.


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