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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Prince Alfred and Princess Helena c. 1855

Salted paper print | 9.4 x 6.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2506526

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Photograph of a painting of Prince Alfred, later Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1844-1900) and Princess Helena, later Princess Christian of Schleswig Holstein (1846-1923) posed in an outside setting. Prince Alfred is seated on a stone facing the viewer. He holds a feather above his head with his right hand. He wears highland dress, including a kilt and argyle pattern socks. Princess Helena stands beside him, captured in almost left side profile, and reaches towards the feather with her right hand. There are mountains and trees in background.

The painting (RCIN 403053), by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73), is held by the Royal Collection and was painted c.1848-9.

  • Creator(s)

    After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) (artist)

    ? Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88) (photographer)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
  • annotation: Calotype after/ Fr. Winterhalter/
    Prince Alfred & Princess Helena. 1849. [beneath work]
  • 9.4 x 6.4 cm (image)

  • From an album compiled by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Kilts
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings