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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

"Les Deux Petits Savoyards" Jan 1854

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 20.8 x 17.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2914259

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Photograph of a full length group portrait of three children dressed for a performance of 'Les Deux Petits Savoyards', given on 16 January 1854. From left to right: Albert Van de Weyer is 'Un Garde', Victoria Van de Weyer is Jacqueline and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales is le Bailli, with a red nose.

This was Roger Fenton's first commission for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; the photograph was taken on 23 January 1854, a week after the actual performance. Les Deux Petits Savoyards, an one-act 'opera-comique' was composed by Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac and was first performed in 1789.
  • Creator(s)

    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Carl Haag (1820-1915) (colourist)

    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Albert van de Weyer (1845-74)
    Victoria Van de Weyer (1841-65)
  • 20.8 x 17.5 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs