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Prince Albert encouraged his children’s interest in photography

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Gathering in the desert c. 1860

Albumen print | 6.4 x 7.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2917620

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Photograph of a group of people gathered together on a sand dune in a desert. There are a small number of horses accompanying the group. It is likely the photograph was taken in South Africa.

In July to September 1860 Prince Alfred paid an official visit to South Africa while serving as a midshipman on board HMS Euryalus. His tour took him through the Cape Colony, Eastern Cape, Natal and the Orange Free State. The Prince, who had learnt the rudiments of photography before the visit, took with him some photographic equipment including a stereoscopic box camera.
  • Creator(s)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900) (photographer)

  • 6.4 x 7.8 cm (image)

  • From an album of photographs taken and arranged by Prince Alfred

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
    • Places
      • Africa
        • Southern Africa
          • South Africa