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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Charles Clifford (1819-62)

Palmeral of Elche c. 1860

Albumen print | 42.0 x 33.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2700161

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Photograph of the Palmeral of Elche with densely packed palm trees at the end of a muddy track. In the background stands a small white building and a horse and covered cart.  

The Palm Grove of Elche is situated in the eastern region of the city of Elche in southern Spain and consist of date palms that were first cultivated from as early as the 5th century BC by the Carthaginians. Many of the palms were cut down during the 17th century and into the 19th century when the city was modernised. However, the groves were saved from complete destruction despite their ceasing to be financially productive. In the 20th and 21st century, their use is now to provide an area for recreation for the occupants of Elche.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

  • 42.0 x 33.0 cm (image)

    41.0 x 54.0 cm (page dimensions)

  • Photographic Souvenir of Spain Vol II, 1861 Charles Clifford

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Spain
          • Alicante [Spain]
            • Elche [Spain]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vehicles
          • Horse drawn vehicles
          • Simple transport
            • Carts
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees
            • Palm trees