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Albums compiled by Prince Albert, reflecting his beliefs surrounding photography

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

'The Queen, The Prince and eight Royal children' 22 - 22 May 1854

Albumen print | 12.0 x 10.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2906086

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Photograph of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) standing in left side profile, wearing a bonnet with Prince Albert (1819-61) standing on the right, wearing a top hat. Their children (from left to right) are: Prince Leopold (1853-84), Prince Alfred (1844-1900), Princess Helena (1846-1923), Princess Alice (1843-78), Prince Albert (1841-1910), Prince Arthur (1850-1942), Princess Louise (1848-1939) and Princess Victoria (1840-1901). Roger Fenton made a group portrait of the Royal Family in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on 22 May 1854, and, with so many small, unrestrained children to photograph, he wisely decided to make the exposure instantaneously. The result approaches a snapshot both in size and in style, but it really does not succeed as an informal portrait, because the Queen's pose and the gaze of the children suggest a carefully prearranged moment.
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
    Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Empress Friedrich, German Empress and Queen of Prussia (1840-1901)
    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
    Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
  • 12.0 x 10.0 cm (image)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • People
      • Children