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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Mr Ryder and Mr Charles Kean as  1857

Hand coloured photograph | 22.4 x 18.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2909979

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Hand coloured photograph of actors John Ryder (on the left) and Charles Kean as Bolingbroke and King Richard II in a recreation of Act 3 scene 3 of the homonymous play, as performed at the Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, London. The actors appear in a set designed to resemble the interior of Flint Castle. There are two other male actors in the background: a clergyman on the left hand side and a soldier on the right.

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)

    Subject(s)
    Charles John Kean (1811-68)
    John Ryder (1814-85)
  • 22.4 x 18.3 cm (image)

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

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