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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Prince Alfred as 'Autumn' c.1880 copy of an original of 8 Feb 1854

Carbon print | 20.6 x 16.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2900028

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Photograph of a three-quarter length portrait of Prince Alfred, later Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844-1900) standing, facing towards the camera. He leans on a plinth draped with cloth. He rests his cheek on his right hand. He wears a leopard skin tunic, gathered at the waist, over a light coloured shirt. He wears a wreath of grapes on his head. Prince Alfred is dressed as the embodiment of Autumn for the Tableaux of the Seasons, performed at Windsor Castle.

To mark their parents 14th wedding anniversary, a series of tableaux were performed at Windsor Castle by the seven eldest children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Alfred performed as 'Autumn' wearing a leopard skin tunic. In other photographs taken during the same occasion, Prince Alfred holds a goblet as a symbol of Bacchus. Real foliage was introduced to the sets and music was performed between each performance.
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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
  • annotation: Prince Alfred as Autumn,/ 8th Feb: 1854./ By Mr Fenton [beneath work]
  • 20.6 x 16.7 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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