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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Prince Leopold, later Duke of Albany (1853-84), and Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) c.1880 after an original of 7 Apr 1859

Carbon print | 13.9 x 10.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2900169

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Photograph of a full length double portrait of Prince Leopold, later Duke of Albany (1853-84), and Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942). Prince Leopold stands next to Prince Arthur who is seated on a chair. They look at one another and Prince Arthur places his right hand on Prince Leopold's shoulder.

The Prince's are both dressed for the Bal Costumé that took place at Buckingham Palace on the same day that Prince Leopold celebrated his 6th birthday and when this photograph was taken. The Prince's wear a tunic, hat and tights and was a costume that was inspired by those worn by the sons of Henry Bolingbroke in the final scene of Richard II that was produced by Charles Kean. The play was performed at the Princess's Theatre and in front of a private audience at Windsor Castle in February 1857. 
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-84)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
  • annotation: Prince Leopold and Prince Arthur/ in the costume of the son of King Henry 4th */ which they wore at the Bal Costumé at Buckingham Palace,/ April 7th 1859./ *(From the last scene of Richard 2nd at the Princefs's Theatre) [beneath work]
  • 13.9 x 10.3 cm (image)

    30.8 x 24.4 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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