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Edward, Prince of Wales

Attribution
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Printer
Chicago Albumen Works
Sitter
King Edward VII of England, 1841 - 1910
Date
1860 (printed later)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions
Image: 8.9 × 5.8 cm (3 1/2 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.5 × 9.7 cm (4 15/16 × 3 13/16")
Mat: 35.6 × 27.9 cm (14 × 11")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
NPG.81.M254.D1
Exhibition Label
Queen Victoria's eighteen-year-old son and heir, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, became the first member of Britain's royal family to visit North America when he made a triumphant tour of Canada in 1860. At the invitation of President James Buchanan, the prince extended his sojourn by visiting several American cities, including Washington, D.C., and New York. There, his presence created a sensation with eager crowds straining for a glimpse of Britain's future King Edward VII. While in New York he was feted with parades and a lavish ball at the city's Academy of Music, where a portion of the dance floor collapsed under the excessive weight of the throng. The prince and his entourage also toured Barnum's American Museum and visited Mathew Brady's Broadway gallery, where they purchased photographs of American celebrities and posed for their own portraits
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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