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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Mr Charles Kean (1811-68) as King Richard II


Hand coloured photograph | 22.5 x 18.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2909978

Hand-coloured photograph of actor Charles Kean as King Richard II in the homonymous play, Act III, Scene I. Kean wears a red velvet tunic embroidered in gold over armour. He holds what appears to be a sceptre in his right hand and sword on his left side. Three other male actors stand in the background: two young boys on the left hand side and a man in armour on the right.
  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (colourist)

  • 22.5 x 18.3 cm (image)

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes