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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 | 10.7 x 8.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2914285

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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. They pose facing slightly towards each other and linking hands. The sisters are wearing Swiss costumes for a fancy-dress ball.

  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Grey (active 1856) (colourist)

    Subject(s)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
  • 10.7 x 8.3 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)