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Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Prince Leopold (1853-84) in costume 7 - 7 Apr 1859

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 10.5 x 8 cm (image) | RCIN 2914288

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Hand-coloured photograph of a full length portrait of Prince Leopold (1853-84) standing, facing three-quarters to the right. He poses with his left hand on the back of a nearby chair. He wears 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 wore the costume at the Bal Costumé on the 7 April 1859.

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.
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-84)
  • 10.5 x 8 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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      • visual works
        • photographs
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      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Swiss national costume
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          • Theatrical costumes
            • Costume-Fancy Dress
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Entertainment
        • Balls (dancing)