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Richard Beard (1801-85)

Tyrolese Singers 1851-52

Hand-coloured enamelled daguerreotype | 14.1 x 10.3 cm (sight) | RCIN 2932501

In an exhibition, Bodleian Libraries [Oxford]

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Hand-coloured enamelled daguerreotype of a group of Tyrolese singers called Klier, Rainer, Margreiter, Rahm and Holaus. Rahm is seated facing partly left playing a dulcimer and Rainer holds a guitar. All are wearing traditional Tyrolese costume, coloured with both dark and pastel tones. The daguerreotype is mounted in a large dark blue leather case with a red velvet interior. Queen Victoria had first seen this troupe of Tyrolese singers at Kensington Palace in 1833. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, later arranged for the singers to perform at Osborne on her birthday in 1852. The Duchess recorded in her diary that 'dearest Victoria appeared very much pleased with the surprise'. Later the same year Queen Victoria acquired this daguerreotype. Beard had shown examples of his enamelled daguerreotypes at the Great Exhibition in 1851. The process involved varnishing the daguerreotype and then heating and adding another coat of varnish after the colour pigments had been added.
  • Creator(s)

    Richard Beard (1801-85) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Tyrolese Minstrel Klier
    Rainer, Tyrolese Minstrel (fl.1852)
    Margreiter, Tyrolese Minstrel (fl.1852)
    Rahm, Tyrolese Minstrel (fl.1852)
    Holaus, Tyrolese Minstrel (fl.1852)
  • 14.1 x 10.3 cm (sight)

    20.4 x 16.5 cm (frame, external)

    27.6 x 23.8 x 2.6 cm (closed) (whole object)

    27.5 x 47.8 cm (open) (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Austria
          • Tyrol [Austria]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
        • Musicians