Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group, hosted a private viewing of watercolours from the Royal Collection which celebrated Queen Victoria’s visit to Paris in 1855.
Taking place at The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, the viewing commemorated Smith & Williamson’s third year in Cheltenham. Over 50 guests, including Klara Sudbury, the Mayor of Cheltenham, attended the reception at which they were also able to view paintings from The Wilson’s fine art collection, including its founding collection of 17th Century Dutch paintings.
Louise Somerset of Smith & Williamson said: “We were delighted to play host to this fabulous exhibition and to highlight Smith & Williamson’s commitment to support local art events such as this.
“In August 1855, Queen Victoria made an historic state visit to Paris and was the first time a British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years.
“It took place just 40 years after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, following the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War.
“The Queen's visit to Paris was to celebrate this remarkable turnaround in Anglo-French relations, but also reflected a close personal friendship between Queen Victoria and the French Emperor, Napoleon III.
“The exhibition brought together 44 watercolours created for Queen Victoria to remember the events of the visit, half of which have never been exhibited before. Showing scenes of the splendid celebrations held in the Queen's honour, the watercolours capture this unique moment in British and French history.
“The collection also included some watercolours and a drawing by Queen Victoria herself so it was a real privilege and honour for our guests to view these originals in the splendid setting of The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum.”
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Smith & Williamson is an independently owned professional and financial services group with over 1,700 people. The group is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices and mid-to-large corporates. The group has twelve offices; these are in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.