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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


Detail of Court of the Maidens, Alcázar, Seville


Albumen print | 42.0 x 31.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2700146

Photograph of a close-up of one of the multifoil arches that supports the arcade surrounding the Court of the Maidens in the Alcázar Palace, Seville. The archway is supported on two columns. Above the arch is carved stonework incorporating shell and floral designs. In the background is a window separated by a central mullion. The wall surrounding the window is decorated with tiles in Moorish designs.

Construction of the Alcázar Palace began in the 10th Century and has been added to by the rulers of Spain throughout its history. It is one of the most important examples of Mudéjar architecture in the world. The lower levels of the Courtyard was built for King Peter I (1334-69). Anti-chambers line the inner walls of the patio.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

  • 42.0 x 31.0 cm (image)

    41.0 x 54.0 cm (page dimensions)

  • Photographic Souvenir of Spain Vol. II, 1861

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Spain
          • Andalusia [Spain]
            • Seville [Andalucia]
              • Alcázar of Seville [Seville]
                • Court of the Maidens [Alcázar, Seville]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Arches
            • Moorish arches
        • Moorish architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Courtyards
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs