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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Mr Ryder (1814-85) as King Henry IV surrounded by his sons


Hand coloured photograph | 22.5 x 18.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2909987

Hand coloured photograph of actor John Ryder as King Henry IV in the homonymous play, Act V, Scene IV.

Ryder is seated on a raised throne, wearing a red velvet gown with a blue robe and an ermine short cape, crown and collar. He faces right, his face captured in profile. He is surrounded by four children, two standing and two sitting on steps. Two other male actors on the right hand side playing a bishop and a knight.
  • 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
    • Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare)