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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

Technological improvements enabled Prince Albert to collect photographs of places that were significant to him


'Der Bahnhof, die alte Sternwarte in der Entfernung'; The railway station in Gotha, with the old observatory in the distance


Albumen print | 18.3 x 23.7 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2102950

Photograph of the railway station in Gotha, with the old observatory in the distance. The station has three storeys and a central pediment. The observatory is on a hill to the left. In the foreground there is a road where there is a man sitting on a pile of rocks.

Knowing of Prince Albert's love for his old home, Queen Victoria commissioned a set of photographs of Gotha to be given to Prince Albert as a birthday present on 26 August 1858. They were to accompany the set of Coburg photographs she had given him for his birthday the year before. According to the Queen's journal, Prince Albert was 'particularly delighted' with them.

  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 18.3 x 23.7 cm (image) (image)

    31.5 x 38.5 cm (page dimensions)

  • Der Bahnhof, die alte Sternwarte in der Entfernung

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1858 as a birthday present for Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Thuringia [Germany]
            • Gotha [Germany]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Buildings for educational, scientific & cultural purposes
          • Observatories