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Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Prince Arthur and Prince Leopold in the costume of the sons of King Henry IVth 7 - 7 Apr 1859

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 10.3 x 8.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2914286

Hand-coloured photograph of a full length double portrait of Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) and Prince Leopold (1853-84), in the costume of the sons of King Henry IV based on those worn by actors in the final scene of Charles Kean's production of Richard II, performed at Windsor Castle in February 1857. The Prince's wore the costumes at the bal costumé, 7 April 1859. Prince Arthur is seated . He holds a book with his brother, who stands.

The fancy dress ball was held to celebrate Prince Leopold's sixth birthday, and was attended by children between the ages of 6 and 14. This photograph was reproduced to appear on china which was part of the artworks on display in the Prince Consort's Writing Room in the east side of Windsor Castle.
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-84)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
  • 10.3 x 8.1 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Swiss national costume
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes
            • Costume-Fancy Dress
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Entertainment
        • Balls (dancing)