'Warwick Castle, the River Front', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of Warwick Castle from across the river Avon, published by Francis Bedford & Co. Standing at the edge of the River Avon, parts of the castle date back to the thirteenth century, with other buildings added throughout the following five centuries. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. In 1862 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII (1841-1910), as official photographer on a tour of the Middle East. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.