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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

"Les Deux Petits Savoyards" Jan 1854

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 20.3 x 16.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2914258

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Photograph of a full length double portrait of Princess Helena (1846-1923) and Princess Louise, later Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939), dressed for a performance of 'Les Deux Petits Savoyards', given on 16 January 1854. Princess Helena (left) is Clermont while Princess Louise is dressed as Louison.

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 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)

    Subject(s)
    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
  • 20.3 x 16.6 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs