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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


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


Hand-coloured albumen print | 22.5 x 17.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2909985

Hand coloured photograph of actor Charles Kean as King Richard II in the homonymous play, Act IV, Scene II. He wears a red tunic with black short cape and faces the viewer with his right hand up in the air and left hand holding a document. This Theatrical Album was compiled by Queen Victoria to record performances she had attended between 1852 and 1861. Among these was a production of Shakespeare’s 'Richard II', which she saw five times at the Princess’s Theatre in 1857 and noted in her blotter (Royal Archives reference VIC/MAIN/Z/115). These two photographs by Martin Laroche show Charles Kean in the title role. They were Christmas gifts to the Queen from Prince Albert in 1858. This object was displayed at the Charles Dickens Reception at Buckingham Palace, 2012.
  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (colourist)

  • 22.5 x 17.8 cm (image)

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

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