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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

'Der Obelisk bei Oberhof'; Obelisk in the town of Oberhof 1858

Albumen print | 23.8 x 18.5 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2102976

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Photograph of an obelisk in the town of Oberhof, near Gotha. The obelisk is in the Gothic style and is topped by a weather vane. It is surrounded by a low fence and there are trees behind. A man is standing to the left of the obelisk, resting his left arm on the fence.

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)

  • 23.8 x 18.5 cm (image) (image)

    31.5 x 38.5 cm (page dimensions)

  • Der Obelisk bei Oberhof

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Thuringia [Germany]
            • Oberhof [Germany]
    • People
      • Men
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees