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Albums compiled by Prince Albert, reflecting his beliefs surrounding photography

Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Scene from King John, as represented at the Princess' Theatre 1852 c.1880 copy after an original of c. 1854

Carbon print made from original albumen photographic print | 6 x 8.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2906482

Photograph of a historical painting by Edward Corbould which depicts Act 3 Scene 1 of King John by William Shakespeare. Charles Kean as King John rises from his throne which sits atop a dais. On the left are Queen Constance played by Ellen Kean and Prince Arthur played by Kate Terry who stand facing the King. Alfred Wigan can be seen on the right. The characters are portrayed inside a tent.

The play was performed by Charles Kean's company at the Princess's Theatre in Oxford Street which Queen Victoria attended on four separate occasions. The play was also staged at Windsor Castle as a private performance. The original watercolour on which the photograph is based, was a gift to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert.   
  • Creator(s)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88) (photographer)

    After Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905) (artist)

    Charles John Kean (1811-68)
    Ellen Kean (1805-80)
    Kate Terry (1844-1924)
    Alfred Sydney Wigan (1814-78)
  • 6 x 8.5 cm (image)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Prince Albert, Prince Consort

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs