The Queen's Visit to Glasgow
Front page of The Graphic, a weekly newspaper
Saturday, September 1, 1888.
This illustration is referring to Queen Victoria's State Visit in August 1888 to Glasgow for the International Exhibition. She was enroute to Balmoral and it was her first visit to Glasgow since 1849 .. indeed, quite overdue!
Apparently, the Queen sat on a throne in the Grand Hall to receive various flattering addresses. She said some kind words about Glasgow and its Exhibition and then walked round paying particular attention to the Women's Industries Section. She paid a private visit to the Exhibition on 24 August, when she visited other areas, purchased some souvenirs and expressed satisfaction with her visit.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 606.4 (1888)
The Graphic was a British weekly illustrated newspaper, first published on 4 December 1869 by William Luson Thomas's company Illustrated Newspapers Limited. It competed directly with The London Illustrated News. The influence of The Graphic within the art world was quite staggering. Admirers included Vincent Van Gogh.
It continued to be published weekly under this title until 23 April 1932 and then changed title to The National Graphic between 28 April and 14 July 1932; it then ceased publication after 3,266 issues.