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Landscape, Nature and Architecture

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

ROGER FENTON (1819-69)

The North Side, Windsor Castle


Albumen print | 34.9 x 41.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2100062

Photograph of the north side of Windsor Castle with Brunswick Tower on the left of the photograph and King George IV Tower in the centre. Trees in the foreground.

This view, of the north front of the castle from the Slopes, was taken in an area of the grounds not normally accessible by the public. When the Court was not in residence, however, it was possible to apply to the Lord Chamberlain to access these areas. Fenton would have required such permission to take a number of the views in this series.

This photograph is one of 31 prints Fenton made of Windsor Castle, the Home Park and Great Park in 1860. When selecting the subjects for these views, Fenton did not seek access to areas normally barred to the public. Instead, he understood his audience would prefer to see images relating to their own experiences of the castle. Therefore, all the photographs in this series emphasise the Castle's role as a public monument, rather than as a royal residence.
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

  • 34.9 x 41.9 cm (image)

    43.2 x 57.1 cm (mount)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Berkshire [England]
              • Windsor [Berkshire]
                • Windsor Castle
                  • Upper Ward [Windsor Castle]
                    • Brunswick Tower [Windsor Castle]
                    • Prince of Wales's Tower [Windsor Castle]
                    • King George IV Tower [Windsor Castle]