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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

William Bambridge (1810-79)

"Tableau of The Allies" 1856

Albumen print coloured with watercolour | 14.9 x 14.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2914266

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Photograph of a full length group portrait of Prince Arthur, Princess Louise and Princess Helena, dressed as soldiers in a tableau of 'The Allies'. Prince Arthur, on the left, is dressed as an English soldier. Princess Louise, in the centre, appears to be dressed as a Vivandiere, a French term for a woman attached to a military regiment as sutlers or canteen-keepers. Princess Helena, on the right, is dressed as a French soldier. Behind the children is a landscape with distant sea and crescent moon. There is a rifle in the foreground, lying on the ground.

Two other variants of this group survive in the collection: an unpainted photograph (RCIN 2900066) and a copy of this work (RCIN 408954).
  • Creator(s)

    William Bambridge (1810-79) (photographer)

    Alfred Hichens Corbould (1821-74) (colourist)

    Princess Helena (1846-1923)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
  • 14.9 x 14.6 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)