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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Mr Cathcart (1828-1902) as the Duke of Norfolk 1857

Hand coloured photograph | 22.5 x 17.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2909972

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Hand coloured photograph of actor James Cathcart as Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, wearing the costume that he wore in Act 1 scene 3 of 'King Richard II'. Cathcart wears armour and a short red velvet tunic embroidered with the Royal Standard on top. He holds a sword in his right hand.

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)

    James Cathcart (1828-1902)
  • 22.5 x 17.3 cm (image)

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

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          • Theatrical costumes