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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

'Princes Arthur and Leopold' c.1863-5

Albumen print | 5.9 x 4.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2373717

Photograph which appeared as a print on china featuring a portrait of Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) and Prince Leopold  later Duke of Albany (1853-84). The young princes wear costumes of the sons of King Henry IV (in the play of Richard II), in the final scene of Charles Kean's Richard II which was performed at Windsor Castle in February 1857. The Prince's wore the costumes at the bal costume that took place on the 7 April 1859.


The photograph is from a folder of photographs of paintings and artworks displayed in Prince Albert's (1819-61) rooms. The china that featured this photograph was part of the artworks on show in the Prince Consort's Writing Room, Windsor Castle. 

  • Creator(s)

    After Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
    Prince Leopold (1853-84)
  • annotation: (15.)/ The Prince Consort's Writing Room/ East Side [upper mount]
    annotation: [above work] Princes Arthur and Leopold./ [below work] April 7th 1859./ On China. 4 in x 3 in. [around photograph]
  • 5.9 x 4.2 cm (image)

    28.0 x 34.4 cm (mount)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Swiss national costume
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes
            • Costume-Fancy Dress
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Entertainment
        • Balls (dancing)