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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


'Falkenstein'; Falkenstein, a rock formation in the Thuringian Forest


Albumen print | 24.5 x 19.6 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2102980

Photograph of Falkenstein, a rock formation in the Thuringian Forest near Gotha. The huge rock is to the left and is surrounded by dense forest. A group of men carrying rifles are standing on the road below.

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)

  • 24.5 x 19.6 cm (image) (image)

    38.5 x 31.5 cm (page dimensions)

  • Falkenstein

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Thuringia [Germany]
            • Falkenstein [Thuringia]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Earth sciences
        • Rocks
    • Men
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vehicles
          • Simple transport
            • Carts
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Firearms
              • Guns