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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Scene from Racine's Tragedy of Athalie

dated Jan 1853

Lithograph | 24.5 x 25.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 2506519

A lithograph from an album of portraits containing prints and photographs: Queen Victoria's six eldest children, along with the children of members of court, in a scene from Racine's Athalie. They are all dressed in classical inspired costume. Prince Alfred is shown in the middle, seated on a throne. He is facing forward and is wearing a crown and robe. He is surrounded by four other children dressed as Levites and priests; Princess Louise and another child (probably Harriet Phipps) on the left and Charles Phipps and another child (probably Hugh Seymour) on the right. Princess Alice and Horatia Seymour are shown standing to the right, in front of a green curtain in the foreground. They are both shown from behind. The Princess Royal, Prince of Wales and Princess Helena are shown standing together to the left. Lettered and dated below. After RCIN 980024.di, a watercolour by Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria's six eldest children performed a shortened version of Athalie along with Horatia and Hugh Seymour and Harriet and Charles Phipps on 11 January 1853.

  • Creator(s)

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    After Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901) (designer)

    Morin, Edmond (1824-1882) (lithographer)

    London : Day & Son (litho-printer)

  • 24.5 x 25.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    19.7 x 22.4 cm (image)

  • From an album compiled by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Drama
          • Athalie (Racine)-Actors/Actresses in Roles
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • History of costume
            • Costume-Classical