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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'Midsummer Night's Dream'; Titania Sleeping


Albumen print | 20.2 x 24.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2081474

Photograph of 'Titania Sleeping' by Richard Dadd (1817-86). The painting depicts a scene from the play 'A Midsummers Night's Dream'. Titania is shown sleeping, attended by three female nymphs. She is surrounded by an arch of fairies and flowers. The painting is photographed in its frame and an identification number '31' can be seen in the lower left corner. A plaque attached to the lower edge of the frame reads 'DADD'.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of S. Ashton. The painting is now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris.  

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

  • 20.2 x 24.5 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Folklore
          • The Supernatural
            • Fairies
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Nymphs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Flowering plants
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings
          • Paintings-English school