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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Prince Leopold, later Duke of Albany (1853-84)

c.1880 after an original of 7 Apr 1859

Carbon print | 13.8 x 10.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2900168

Photograph of a full length portrait of Prince Leopold, later Duke of Albany (1853-84) standing, facing slightly to the right. He looks towards the camera. He places his left arm on the back of a chair. The prince wears the costume of son of King Henry IV, including a tunic with pointed collar and tights. His hat is placed on the seat of the chair.

Prince Leopold is dressed for the Bal Costumé at Buckingham Palace, an event to celebrate his 6th birthday.

  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

  • Prince Leopold/ in the costume of the son of King Henry 4th */ which he wore at the Bal Costumé at Buckingham Palace,/ April 7th 1859./ *(From the last scene of Richard 2nd at the Princefs's Theatre)

  • 13.8 x 10.3 cm (image)

    30.8 x 24.4 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes