Prince Arthur William Patrick, Duke of Connaught, 1854.

Fenton, Roger

Prince Arthur William Patrick, Duke of Connaught, 1854.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of Prince Arthur (1850-1942), the youngest son of Queen Victoria. Standing on a plinth draped with cloth, the young Prince Arthur is wearing the uniform of a Grenadier Guard. In common with many four-year-olds he is having trouble standing still for his photograph. The ghostly image of a nanny can be seen on the right of the picture encouraging the boy to keep still during the long exposure. Roger Fenton was commissioned several times in his career to photograph the Royal Family, with whom he had a good relationship. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were both enthusiastic patrons of photography. Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s.

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