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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Scene from the Play of Die Tafelbirnen

dated 10 Feb 1853

Lithograph | 24.5 x 26.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 2506520

A lithograph from an album of portraits containing prints and photographs: Queen Victoria's six eldest children in a scene from the German play Die Tafelbirnen. They are dressed in nineteenth-century theatrical costume. The Princess Royal and Prince of Wales are shown to the right standing arm in arm. They are facing left towards the other four children who are standing together in a group. Princess Helena is standing to the far left, facing right and dressed in male costume. Princess Alice is standing next to her, looking down at the floor. Prince Alfred is shown standing slightly behind his older sister with the younger Princess Louise. Lettered and dated below. After RCIN, a watercolour by Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria's children performed Die Tafelbirnen as part of the celebrations for their parents thirteenth wedding anniversary on 10 February 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 26.3 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • History of costume
            • Costume-19C
        • Social customs
          • Marriage
            • Wedding anniversaries