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Albums compiled by Prince Albert, reflecting his beliefs surrounding photography

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

A Romance. No. 1. 'Strong flirtation of which one Spectator highly disapproves' 1854

Albumen print | 18.1 x 21.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2906163

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Photograph showing a young man, seated beside a stern looking woman, who leans forward and holds the hand of a young woman seated on the ground, her hat on the grass beside her. A girl, also seated on the ground, sleeps. Background of foliage and shrubs. Two items by Fenton, entitled Photographic Romance, were shown at the exhibition of the Photographic Society in 1855. This series may be the work referred to. It may also be the only example of Fenton's achievements in this genre, although posed narrative sequences were popular with other photographers.