Queen Victoria's Sketchbook


by Marina Warner.Crown, $17.95. Victoria was an
indefatigable amateur artist, and far from inept. The selections from her work included in this pretty book are good nineteenth-century reportage. Ms. Warner’s text provides background for the pictures and information about the royal taste in art, some of it unexpected. Who would imagine that Victoria and Albert amused themselves by discussing the resemblance of Cousin—
to a nude Winterhalter nymph? Bibliography, references, index.