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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 door into the Court of the Maidens, Alcázar, Seville


Albumen print | 38.0 x 30.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2700145

Photograph of a view of the Court of Maidens at Alcázar Palace. The photograph depicts a large double doorway into which two smaller doors are set. Above the smaller doors is a richly decorated geometric patterned mosaic. A multifoil arch supported on dual pillars frames the door. Further arches flank the main archway above which is intricately carved stonework. In the foreground stands a fountain set into a flagged floor.

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) and anti-chambers line the inner walls of the patio.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

  • 38.0 x 30.5 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
          • Arcades
        • Moorish architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Courtyards
          • Fountains
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs