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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

'Die Margarethen-Kirche'; Church of St Margarethen, Gotha 1858

Albumen print | 25.0 x 19.8 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2102932

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Photograph of St. Margaret's Church, or Kapelle St. Margarethen, in Gotha. The church has a tall steeple with a cupola. It is surrounded by trees and there is a fountain just in front of it. There are several carts in the courtyard around the fountain and there is a dog lying on the ground in the foreground.

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)

    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 25.0 x 19.8 cm (image) (image)

    38.5 x 31.5 cm (page dimensions)

  • Die Margarethen-Kirche

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Thuringia [Germany]
            • Gotha [Thuringia]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Fountains
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vehicles
          • Simple transport
            • Carts
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs