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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

'Coburger Bauern'; Coburg Peasants at Rosenau 1857

Albumen print | 16.8 x 21.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2102872

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Photograph showing a group of three Coburg peasants at Rosenau arranged in front of a wicker screen. A young woman stands between the seated older couple.

This is one of a series of photographs that were commissioned by Queen Victoria to be presented to her husband Prince Albert on his birthday in August 1857. Bedford, accompanied by his wife, travelled to Coburg in June and early July to photograph the places associated with the Prince's childhood. The court gardener arranged for several Coburg peasants to pose for Bedford at Prince Albert's father's country residence at Rosenau. The sitters wanted a memento, rather than payment, so the women received silk kerchiefs and the men received waistcoats.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 16.8 x 21.2 cm (image)

    31.5 x 38.4 cm (page dimensions)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a gift for Prince Albert, 1857

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Bavaria [Germany]
            • Coburg [Bavaria]
              • The Rosenau [Coburg]
    • People
      • Men
      • Women