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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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


'King's Bridge Terminus and Madam Stevens's Hospital, Dublin'

c.1880 after an original of c.1860

Carbon print | 7.4 x 7.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2320080

Photograph of a view of Kingsbridge Station, now Hueston Station, Dublin. Kings Bridge, now Seán Hueston Bridge, and the River Liffey are located in the foreground. The bridge is reflected on the water's surface. Dr Steeven's Hospital, commonly known as Madame Steeven's hospital, is located in the background, behind the station.

Dr. Steeven's Hospital was founded in the eighteenth century by Griselda Steevens with the income left to her by her brother Dr Richard Steevens. Griselda Steevens lived onsite, perhaps reasoning why the hospital was often referred to as Madame Steeven's hospital. Griselda Steevens was a mysterious and reclusive figure. In instances when she was seen by the public she often wore a veil. The veil was a protective measure to shield her eyes from the sun as she suffered from an eye disorder. It later became legend that she wore a veil as she had been born with the face of a pig.

A carbon copy is adhered on top of the original albumen print. Carbon prints are more stable compared to albumen prints, the latter prone to fading. Carbon copies were therefore created for posterity.

  • Creator(s)

    Attributed to Frederick Holland Mares (photographer)

    Attributed to James Simonton (photographer)

  • 7.4 x 7.3 cm (image)

    17.2 x 13.0 cm (mount)

  • From an album compiled by Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ireland
          • Dublin [Ireland]
            • Seán Heuston Bridge [Dublin]
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of northern Europe
            • Rivers of Ireland
              • River Liffey [Ireland]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Hospitals
          • Bridges