|Titre :||Caroline Mathilde on Horseback: An Enlightened Equestrian?|
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|Auteurs :||Sara Ayres, Auteur|
|Type de document :||document vidéo|
|Année de publication :||2018|
|Format :||22 min.|
EquivocDanemark ; Époque Moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe) ; Médiation Thérapeutique ; Portrait
It is well known that Caroline Mathilde, Queen Consort to Christian VII of Denmark,embarked on an affair with Johann Friedrich Struensee, her husband’s personal physician and from 1771 to 1772 effectively Regent of Denmark, by whom it is thought she bore a daughter, Louisa Augusta of Denmark. Following Struensee’s downfall and execution, Caroline Mathilde was exiled to Schloss Celle in present - day Lower Saxony, near Hannover.
During Struensee’s tenure as personal doctor to the royal family, he suggested that Caroline - Mathilde go riding to help relieve her depression and that she should wear male clothing when doing so to aid her freedom of movement. This practice, undertaken publicly, became a focus of broadsheets lampooning the Queen, which were published during the process of her divorce and exile from Denmark. A well - known example, Den Stormætigste Dronning Caroline Mathilde til Hest, or, Her Excellency Queen Caroline Mathilde on Horseback, shows the Queen riding out, her daughter in the arms of a nanny, and Struensee sadly watching the scene from his prison cell. The accompanying verse ‘laments’ that the sight of Caroline Mathilde riding about the countryside dressed as a man is a joy no longer available to the Danes since her exile.
This paper examines this and other representations of the royal equestrian, both official and unofficial, in the light of contemporary discourses about art, bodies, and breeding. My paper considers how these images drew upon, supported and problematised the tradition of the courtly equestrian portrait in Denmark and the UK, as a symbol of royal physical and mental control: over the animal, the self and by extension, the nation.
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