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Joseph Cundall (1819-95)

Miss Heath and Miss Leclercq as Florizel and Perdita 1856

Hand coloured photograph | 21.4 x 15.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2909968

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Hand coloured photograph of Miss Caroline Heath (on the right) as Florizel and Miss Carlotta Leclercq as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, Act V, Scene III. Leclercq wears a blue and white dress with a garland of flowers and a veil and holds Heath by the shoulders. Heath wears a white, decorated short tunic, red mantle, elm and short sword.

Leclercq and Heath appeared in Charles Kean's production of The Winter's Tale at the Princess's Theatre. Queen Victoria watched the play four times at the Princess's Theatre. Leclercq appeared frequently in females roles with the Princess Theatre company and Queen Victoria presented Prince Albert with photographs of the actress as gifts on two occasions. This photograph was hand coloured by Mr Locke who worked as a colourist for the photographer Joseph Cundall.
  • Creator(s)

    Joseph Cundall (1819-95) (photographer)

    Locke (active 19th century) (colourist)

    Caroline Heath (1835-87)
    Carlotta Leclercq (1838-93)
  • 21.4 x 15.7 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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