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The Main Wing, Pavilion and Terrace, Osborne House.

Osborne was an important setting for early royal photography

Dr Ernst Becker (1826–88)

The Prince of Wales and Prince Alfred with the Court c.1870 after an 1854 original

RCIN 2800671

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Becker encouraged and facilitated the royal family’s interest in photography and acted on their behalf to purchase cameras, lenses, chemicals and all the necessary equipment. Under his tutorship the young Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince Alfred became proficient and talented photographers.