These artworks are a perfect way to introduce young visitors to the theme of dress-ups.
19th c European art
Sir Edward John Poynter
The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon, (1890)
What do you think the queen is going to say to King Solomon when she reaches the top of the staircase?
Spot the beautiful clothes worn by the people in King Solomon's palace.
Can you spot a monkey holding a feathery fan?
Ford Madox Brown
Chaucer at the court of Edward III, (1847-1851)
How many people are wearing crowns in this large painting?
Would you like to wear any of these costumes?
Notice the pointy shoes that some of the people are wearing.
Can you find any animals?
Thomas Cooper Gotch
My crown and sceptre, (1891)
Do you like to dress up?
This little girl is dressed like a queen or princess, but what is unusual about her crown?
Try making your own crown of things from nature.