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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Mr Walter Lacy and Mr Ryder a 1857

Hand coloured photograph | 22.5 x 18.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2909974

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Hand coloured photograph of actors Walter Lacy and John Ryder as John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, wearing the costumes used in Act 1 scene 3 of the play 'King Richard II', performed in 1857 at the Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street. Lacy and Ryder are acompanied by three other male actors, two are in armour and one wears a turban.

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)

    John Ryder (1814-85)
    Walter Lacy (1809-98)
  • 22.5 x 18.3 cm (image)

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

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