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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Group on the Drachenfels, Königswinter Jul 1857

Overpainted albumen print | 16.8 x 20.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2906682

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Photograph of a full length portrait of a male group, posed within a studio setting. The portrait comprises of, from left to right, Reverend Charles Tarver, Honourable George Cadogan (seated), William Gladstone, Colonel Henry Ponsonby, General Charles Grey (seated), the Honourable T. Stanley, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, Charles Wood, 2nd Viscount of Halifax, Dr Alexander Armstrong (seated) and Mr Frederick W. Gibbs.

The photograph has been over painted to give the illusion the sitters are posed in a clearing in a natural rocky landscape in Königswinter. A lake has been painted into the background.
  • Creator(s)

    Shafgans (photographer)

    General Sir Charles Grey (1804-70)
    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Frederick Waymouth Gibbs (1821-98)
    Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax (1839-1934)
    Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby (1841-1908)
    William Henry Gladstone (1840-91)
    George Henry Cadogan, 5th Earl Cadogan (1840-1915)
    Alexander Armstrong (active 1857)
    Reverend Charles Feral Tarver (c. 1819-87)
    Sir Henry Ponsonby (1825-95)
  • annotation: Revd C. Tarver, Honble G. Cadogan W. Gladstone Co H. Ponsonby/ Genl Honble C. Grey Honble J. Stanley Pce of Wales Dr Armstrong C. Wood Mr Gibbs/ On the Drachenfels Königswinter July 1857. By Shafgans. [beneath work]
  • 16.8 x 20.8 cm (image)

    28.4 x 23.0 cm (page dimensions)

    29.5 x 24.5 x 6.0 cm (album)

  • Group on the Drachenfels, Königswinter, July 1857 [Photographic Portraits Vol.2/60 1852-1859]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Drachenfels [Germany]
          • Nordrhein-Westfalen [Germany]
            • Königswinter [Germany]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
          • Mountains of Central Europe