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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Miss Kate Terry (1844-1924) as a boy 1857

Hand coloured photograph | 22.6 x 18.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2909980

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Hand coloured photograph of actress Kate Terry (second from right), as a boy, in a recreation of the 'Historical Episode' of 'King Richard II' as performed at the Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, London. Terry wears a black and light blue short tunic with matching tights, a light blue hat and a red-trimmed black short cape. She places her right arm around a female actor dressed in a white and pink dress. Three children stand in the background.

In February 1857, Richard II was performed by Kean's company in St George's Hall. Kean then opened the production of Shakespeare's play in March 1857 at the Princess's Theatre in Oxford Street. Queen Victoria and her family visited the theatre to watch the production five times where it made a lasting impression on Princess Victoria, the Queen's eldest daughter. This photograph and other hand coloured photographs of the cast of the play were purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1857 as a Christmas present.   
  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (colourist)

    Kate Terry (1844-1924)
  • 22.6 x 18.2 cm (image)

  • Given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert as a Christmas gift

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes