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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

'Princess Louise and Princess Helena in the Swiss costume they wore at the Fancy Ball'; Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939) and Princess Helena (1846-1923)  7 - 7 Apr 1859

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 11 x 8.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2914284

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Hand-coloured photograph of a full length double portrait of Princess Louise, later Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939) and Princess Helena (1846-1923) standing, looking towards the camera. Princess Louise faces the camera, whilst Princess Helena faces towards her sister, placing her right hand on her sister's shoulder. The sisters are wearing Swiss costumes for a fancy-dress ball.
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Grey (active 1856) (colourist)

    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
  • 11 x 8.3 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • 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)