Alison McQueen - Author

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Born to an Indian mother and an English jazz musician father, Alison McQueen grew up in London. After a convent education, Alison worked in advertising for 20 years before retiring to write full time. Her family story is one of the inspirations behind THE SECRET CHILDREN. Alison lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and two daughters.

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Empress Eugenie and the Arts Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Empress Eugenie and the Arts Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Alison McQueen Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2016

Reconstructing Empress Eugenie's position as a private collector and a public patron of a broad range of media, this study is the first to examine Eugenie (1826-1920), whose patronage of the arts has been overlooked even by her many biographers. The empress's patronage and collecting is considered within the context of her political roles in the development of France's institutions and international relations. Empress Eugenie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century also examines representations of the empress, and the artistic transformation of a Hispanic woman into a leading figure in French politics. Based on extensive research at architectural sites and in archives, museums, and libraries throughout Europe, and in Britain and the United States, this book offers in-depth analysis of many works that have never before received scholarly attention - including reconstruction and analysis of Eugenie's apartment at the Tuileries. From her self-definition as empress through her collections, to her later days in exile in England, art was integral to Eugenie's social and political position.

Under the Jewelled Sky

Under the Jewelled Sky

Author: Alison McQueen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

'with a heartbreaking ending, this is truly a captivating tale' THE LADYThis is not the India that Sophie fell in love with ten years ago . . . London, 1957. Sophie accepts a wedding proposal from an ambitious British diplomat, but when he is posted to the glittering ex-pat society in New Delhi, she is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love. Sophie meant never to return, yet the moment she steps on to India's burning soil, a devastating chain of events is set into motion that will bring her face to face with a past she tried so desperately to forget . . . 'This is a wonderful novel. A page-turner that is gripping, sensitive and thought-provoking. Highly recommended' HISTORICAL NOVELS SOCIETY on The Secret Children

From Renaissance to Rodin Celebrating the Tanenbaum Gift

From Renaissance to Rodin Celebrating the Tanenbaum Gift

Author: Alison McQueen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

This is a superbly illustrated look at the magnificent collection of art works donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario by the Tanenbaum family. Joey and Toby Tanenbaum rank among North America's most prominent art collectors. This publication documents the first time the many works donated by the Tanenbaum family have been exhibited together at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The scope of the exhibition is truly breathtaking: thirty-seven works by thirty artists from eight countries produced from the late fifteenth century to the early twentieth century. As a group, it ranks among the greatest gifts of Old Master paintings to a public museum, and includes works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, and Auguste Rodin. This lavishly illustrated publication includes a scholarly essay and introduction, accompanied by complete documentation.

Empress Eugenie and the Arts Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Empress Eugenie and the Arts Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Alison McQueen Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2011

Reconstructing Empress Eugenie's position as a private collector and a public patron of a broad range of media, this study is the first to examine Eugenie (1826-1920), whose patronage of the arts has been overlooked even by her many biographers. The empress's patronage and collecting is considered within the context of her political roles in the development of France's institutions and international relations. Empress Eugenie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century also examines representations of the empress, and the artistic transformation of a Hispanic woman into a leading figure in French politics. Based on extensive research at architectural sites and in archives, museums, and libraries throughout Europe, and in Britain and the United States, this book offers in-depth analysis of many works that have never before received scholarly attention - including reconstruction and analysis of Eugenie's apartment at the Tuileries. From her self-definition as empress through her collections, to her later days in exile in England, art was integral to Eugenie's social and political position.

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