At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, 2021
194 x 148 cm
Christopher Myers’ work unfolds a striking tableau featuring a commanding Queen Victoria with three young charges: Victoria Gouramma from South India, Duleep Singh from North India, and Forbes Bonetta from West Africa. Renowned through imperial narratives, they were celebrated as the Queen's "favourites." Myer employs the appliqué textile technique, layering fabric intricately to compose this narrative. The work prompts reflection on historical tales justifying imperial endeavours. Beyond the regal facade, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure invites viewers to reconsider notions of nurturing relationships, urging contemplation on the complex interplay of power and compassion woven into the historical fabric.