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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

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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Germany
          • Drachenfels [Germany]
          • Nordrhein-Westfalen [Germany]
            • Königswinter [Germany]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
          • Mountains of Central Europe