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268.01   Introduction to the portraiture of royalty
268.02   Royalty and Photography in Europe, An Introduction
British Royal Family
268.03   Carte de visites: British royalty
268.04   Queen Victoria
268.05   Henry Hering - Alfred Reeves: Photograph. The Kings and Queens of England
268.06   Portrait: Royalty: Suvenir of the Royal Visit to India (1876)
268.07   Royal support for industry, the arts and photography in Victorian Britain
268.08   Francis Bedford: The Prince of Wales and his trip to the East (1862)
268.09   Dejatch Alamayou
Royal dynasties
268.10   Carte de visites: French royalty
268.11   François Aubert: The execution of Emperor Maximillian
268.12   The German royal family
268.13   Robinson & Roi: The Famous Glass Dress - Royal Robe of Princess Eulalia
268.14   Cabinet cards: Royalty
268.15   Carneiro & Gaspar - painted by J. Courtois: Empress Teresa Cristina and Pedro II of Brazil
268.16   Royal family of Persia
268.17   Portrait: Royalty: The ruling class of the Indian subcontinent
268.18   Royal family of Burma
268.19   John Thomson: Royal family of Siam
268.20   Woodbury and Page: Ruling families of Southeast Asia
268.21   Royal family of Japan
268.22   Royal family of Hawaii
268.23   Royal family of Tahiti
268.24   Chief Cakobau of Bau, the self-proclaimed King of Fiji
Perspectives on royalty
268.25   Different perspectives on royalty
Royal patronage of photographic studios
268.26   Carte de visites: Backs: Royal patronage
268.27   Cabinet cards: Backs: Royal patronage
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated. 
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268.01   Portrait >  Introduction to the portraiture of royalty 
From the early days of photography the Royal Families have seen the propaganda values of photography. Indeed Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, was always interested in the arts and science and he promoted the Great Exhibition that took place in London in 1851. A London Daguerrotypist, William Edward Kilburn - took portraits of the British royal family from 1846 until 1852. In 1854 Roger Fenton[1] was one of the people who explained the photographs at the Photographic Society's first exhibition in London to the royal party of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert - the success of this first meeting led to a number of invitations for Fenton to photograph the royal family and their children at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Indeed the British royal family became major collectors of photography and continue to be so. 
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268.02   Portrait >  Royalty and Photography in Europe, An Introduction 

Dr Robin Lenman

Photography of, and eventually by, monarchs and their families in the 19th and early 20th centuries is a surprisingly large subject, involving dynasties not only in Europe but in places such as Brazil, Siam, the monarchical states of British-controlled India, and the Chinese and Ottoman empires. And, although some monarchies disappeared after the First World War, others survived into the era of mid- and late-20th-century mass-market photojournalism, paparazzi and global celebrity culture. However, this essay will concentrate mainly on Europe (including Russia) up till about 1920, though with occasional glances further afield.
One of the world‘s largest collections of private photographs belongs to the British royal family, which has included several keen photographers and been involved with the medium since its earliest days. Queen Victoria‘s consort, Prince Albert, daguerreotyped at Richard Beard‘s Brighton studio in 1842, became Britain‘s first royal portrait sitter. In the 1850s Victoria and Albert became enthusiastic collectors and patrons of photography, photographic facilities were installed at the royal residences and aboard the royal yacht, and Albert probably mastered the basic techniques, although no pictures by him survive. An important early royal photographer was Roger Fenton[2], who between 1854 and 1857 took both full-dress portraits and more informal images of the royal couple and their children. The domestic pictures were, of course, entirely private, as were those marking Princess Victoria‘s engagement to Prince Friedrich of Prussia (later Emperor Friedrich III) by the Aberdeen photographer George Washington Wilson at Balmoral in September 1855. By contrast, Wilson‘s 1863 photograph of the queen on her pony Fyvie, attended by her factotum John Brown, became both famous and lucrative. Two events had helped to make this possible: an official ruling in 1860 that royal portraits could be traded commercially, and Prince Albert‘s death the following year, which triggered an immense demand for commemorative photographs; the London publisher Marion & Co soon reported some 70,000 sales.
From the 1860s onwards, photographs of the British royal family and its Continental relations were part of a huge trade in celebrity portraits, fueled by international collecting-mania and including images of artists, actors, explorers, statesmen and writers. (Sometimes there were overlaps, with interest in beauties like Lillie Langtry and Cléo de Mérode doubtless enhanced by their status as royal mistresses). Although some collectors specialized exclusively in carte-de-visite (since 1854) or larger cabinet-format (1866) portraits of royalty, many more bought them simply as a patriotic addition to family albums, with demand periodically boosted by royal marriages, births and jubilees. By the 1890s royal visits to the provinces increasingly included both studio sittings and photo-opportunities for the press. Especially popular were Victoria‘s heir, Edward, Prince of Wales and Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg who, after their marriage in 1863, became London‘s most fashionable and glamorous couple. The capital‘s major studios (Mayall, Maull, Dickinson, Bassano and others), and prominent out-of-town ones like Sarony of Scarborough, competed avidly for sittings, often registering large batches of photographs under the 1842 Copyright Act; publishers like Marion paid considerable sums (£185 for a single image of Edward in 1876) for saleable negatives. Smaller operators such as Alice Hughes of London‘s Gower Street specialized in portraits of the royal children. Although posing for all these pictures - in Alexandra‘s case, even while pregnant – was clearly a chore, it was doubtless perceived as a public-relations exercise; and autographed portraits in various formats, distributed to local mayors or deserving tradesmen, were convenient tokens of favour. Similar customs probably prevailed in other monarchical states.
The arrival of the Kodak era in the 1880s involved the royal family much more actively in photography, as Alexandra emerged as an enthusiastic and more than competent amateur. Starting with a Kodak Nr. 1 roll-film camera, she recorded life in her immediate circle, royal holidays at Sandringham and Balmoral, public occasions, and meetings – often with a nautical flavour – with her far-flung network of Danish, German and Russian relatives (including the equally snap-happy Romanovs). Princess (from 1901, Queen) Alexandra‘s increasingly ambitious approach and contacts with Kodak led her, from 1897, to participate in exhibitions and, in 1905, to publish pictures in The Graphic. In 1908 136 snapshots appeared in Queen Alexandra‘s Christmas Gift Book, a charity publication that became a bestseller. Most of Alexandra‘s photographs, of course, remained private, while the published ones were carefully selected and certainly far from intimate. Nevertheless, they seemed to offer glimpses into a previously hidden world and, in retrospect, began to blur the distinction between the public and private lives of royalty. It was probably no coincidence that their appearance coincided with the increasing nuisance of photojournalists eager to snatch images of royal activities, particularly abroad. ‘King Edward [VII]‘ it was reported in 1907, ‘has been much annoyed for the past two days at Biarritz by the unpleasant pertinacity of the photographers who spring out from behind doors or rocks as his Majesty is passing‘. Issues of privacy, intrusion, control and manipulation were emerging that would remain inseparable from photographs of royal families, especially the British one, throughout the 20th century.
It seems likely that within photography‘s first decade all or most of Europe‘s German-speaking monarchs sat for portrait photographs. On 2 August 1844 King Friedrich August II of Saxony arrived unexpectedly at Hill and Adamson‘s Calton Hill studio in Edinburgh and was calotyped by their assistant, Miss Mann. In 1847, the last year of his reign, Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia sat for the Hamburg daguerreotypist Hermann Biow in a special studio set up in the Berlin Palace. However, the best-documented early royal involvement with photography was in Bavaria, where the art-obsessed King Ludwig I responded to the gift of three daguerreotypes from Louis Daguerre in August 1839 by having him made an extraordinary member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. (The previous month Franz von Kobell had demonstrated a local variant of the process to the queen). But royal portraiture in Munich really took off in the 1850s, during the reign of Ludwig‘s son, Maximilian II (reg. 1848-64), and was mainly identified with two outstanding photographers, Franz Hanfstaengl and Joseph Albert. The latter photographed not only Maximilian and his immediate family but also ex-King Ludwig, his second son, King Otto of Greece (also deposed), and many members of the extended Wittelsbach clan; in 1857 he became one of the first Germans to earn the socially and commercially valuable title of ‘Court Photographer‘. Like Fenton in England, Albert not only recorded formal portraits but also holiday scenes, at Hohenschwangau in the alpine foothills. Whether any of the latter were made public (possibly as propaganda for a ‘bourgeois monarchy‘ after the neo-absolutism of Ludwig I) is uncertain, but Albert‘s 1864 image of Maximilian on his death-bed was widely exhibited and sold. Albert‘s star continued to rise – he became one of the most successful photographic entrepreneurs of his generation – during the reign of Maximilian‘s ill-fated son Ludwig II, whose death in the Starnbergersee in June 1886 was one of the great sensations of the 19th century. By this time Albert‘s firm had completed a huge corpus of work, much of it technically very demanding, in connection with Ludwig‘s spectacular castle-building programme in southern Bavaria. But in the 1860s Albert had created numerous portraits of the still handsome young king, usually for the now routine purpose of presentation to family members, fellow-sovereigns, diplomats, and favourites like the composer Richard Wagner. Other images, enlarged to life size by means of an elaborate opto-mechanical device called a solar camera, were distributed to embassies, officers‘ messes and other formal locations, in some cases after being hand-coloured to look like paintings. (This was evidently a widespread practice by the mid-19th century, from Bavaria to Brazil). King Ludwig continued to have himself photographed through the 1870s, his photographic image becoming an eerie substitute for his actual presence as he became increasingly reclusive. One of the last portraits of the king, now visibly odd, was taken ‘incognito‘ in a commercial studio in Lucerne in July 1881 and showed him with a young protégé, the actor Joseph Kainz, both men looking stressed and travel-stained after an abortive tour of the alpine settings of Schiller‘s Wilhelm Tell.
If the first Hohenzollern emperor, Wilhelm I, had a generally unremarkable relationship with photography, the same was not true of his grandson,Wilhelm II, who reigned from 1888 until his abdication in 1918. While several members of his family dabbled in the medium, and his daughter Viktoria Luise became a prolific and capable amateur, Wilhelm himself rarely touched a camera, although he was characteristically generous with advice and criticism. (Among other things, he rejected the common practice of retouching, although because of his deformed left arm many pictures of him were undoubtedly manipulated in this way). By the turn of the century, he was probably the world‘s most-photographed monarch, and a huge and sycophantic volume about the imperial court, published in 1899, contained countless pictures of him, in military, naval, historical, military-historical, Scottish and occasionally civilian garb, taken either in the studio or on the parade-ground, hunting, at family get-togethers in Germany or abroad, or aboard ship. Leaving aside family snapshots – which were legion, given the number of camera-toting royal relatives in Russia, England and at home – ‘public‘ pictures of Wilhelm can be divided roughly between those taken by commissioned photographers, both in and outside the studio, and by photojournalists, for whom the flamboyant, hyper-active emperor was a prime subject. (In a category of their own were spectacular pictures of military manoeuvres, sometimes including Wilhelm, by high-speed photography pioneer Ottomar Anschutz). Both kinds of image were widely published: the former at first mainly in cabinet format but by 1900, on an ever larger scale, as postcards; the latter in the illustrated press, and frequently also as postcards. And, of course, subsidiary picture industries formed around Wilhelm‘s numerous siblings and children, and especially Crown Prince Wilhelm, who during the First World War became a kind of iconic substitute for his father.
Apart from the many foreign studios that photographed Wilhelm during his life, professionals all over Germany created portraits of him and his immediate family. They included Eugen Kegel in Cassel, where he was at school, and the Bonn firm of Theo Schafgans, which depicted him in the uniform of the Borussian student corps. However, most surviving pictures originate from professionals based in Berlin and nearby Potsdam, where competition for court commissions and privileges was intense. The volume Am Hofe Kaiser Wilhelms II, mentioned above, included pictures of the young prince and his mother Victoria by the firm of C. Grimm (formerly Theodor Prümm), which also took engagement photographs of him in 1881 with Princess Auguste Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. But the photogravure frontispiece of the book, showing Wilhelm as emperor in cuirassier helmet and cloak, was by J. C. Schaarwächter, whose large and technically sophisticated studio in the Leipzigerstrasse was probably the most prestigious in town, handling not only royalty but artists, actors and other celebrities. Also well represented was Reichard & Lindner, which had photographed Emperor Wilhelm I in his coffin in 1888 and, perhaps the same year, marketed a curious composite portrait of the old emperor, his son Friedrich III, grandson Wilhelm [II] and grandson and great-grandson [Crown Prince] Wilhelm. Other big firms included Loescher & Petsch (active between the 1860s and 90s), Edmund Risse (with branches in Bochum and the resort towns of Norderney and Bad Ems), W. Höffert and (in Potsdam and elsewhere), Selle & Kuntze, which photographed the imperial couple with their young children. Another Potsdam firm, Behrend, evidently specialized in military parades, a subject well suited to the stereograph trade. One of Wilhelm‘s most favoured studios throughout his reign was the long-established Jewish firm of Bieber, founded in Hamburg as far back as 1852 but also in Berlin since the 1890s. In general the poses and mise-en-scène were those of mainstream studio photography as it evolved between the 1870s and the 1900s. And, although Wilhelm appeared with overwhelming frequency in military or naval uniform, this was – with the significant exception of England‘s Edward VII – standard practice for monarchs of the period.
More needs to be known about the relationship between Wilhelm II and the illustrated press. Photojournalism was developing rapidly by the turn of the century, thanks to improved cameras and lenses and growing adoption of the half-tone reproduction process. Visual evidence, including cartoons, indicates that photographers were now a constant presence on public occasions, especially spectacular ‘Wilhelmine‘ events like the inauguration of national monuments, military parades, battleship-launches and naval reviews, which were invariably attended either by Wilhelm or other royal persons. (It would be interesting to measure the space given to royal images by the Imperial Navy Office‘s sophisticated public-relations machine). A classic example, recorded in numerous postcards and press photographs, was the emperor‘s envoi, on 27 July 1900, to troops leaving Bremerhaven to quell the Boxer Rebellion in China. Pictures taken from behind Wilhelm‘s improvised podium clearly reveal, behind the ranks of soldiers, a large group of reporters and photographers perched on the roof of the North German Lloyd Line‘s departure terminal. Although the event owed its main impact to Wilhelm‘s inflammatory rhetoric – the notorious ‘Huns of Attila‘ speech – the theatricality and busy militarism of his public appearances, prolifically recorded by the camera, doubtless contributed to his image as a restless and unpredictable factor in international politics. (Edward VII, by contrast, despite his sexual indiscretions, seems to have had a much ‘steadier‘ and more dignified reputation). In this connection it is intriguing to speculate whether the activities of the Berlin photographer M. Ziesler may have been part of an embryo imperial media strategy. Based in elegant premises Unter den Linden, Ziesler described himself as a ‘Moment-Fotograf‘, effectively a photojournalist. A striking 1888 photograph by him of the new emperor with Chancellor Bismarck in front of the latter‘s house in Friedrichsruh suggests a major symbolic encounter – ‘youthful energy salutes wisdom and history‘ – neatly stage-managed for the camera. During the 1890s Ziesler also accompanied Wilhelm II on at least one cruise aboard the yacht Hohenzollern, and on imperial hunting-parties. Although he cannot as yet be labeled as a ‘personal photographer‘, his presence possibly signifies hesitant steps towards systematic management of the imperial image.
But in the case of Karl I, the last Austrian emperor (reg. 1916-18), the step was unambiguous and purposeful. During the 68-year reign (1848-1916) of Karl‘s great-uncle Franz Joseph, the depiction of the monarch in photographs and eventually motion pictures seems to have followed a pattern familiar elsewhere, with clusters of favoured commercial photographers in Budapest and Vienna churning out formal portraits and, from the 1890s, illustrated papers and film newsreels generating other kinds of visual coverage. Even before his accession in November 1916, however, Karl understood the propaganda value of photography, and in February 1917 a special press office was established to publicize the activities of the imperial couple. Discovered recently by the photo-historian Anton Holzer, a series of photographs by Karl‘s personal photographer, Ludwig Schuhmann, extensively documents the emperor‘s hectic travel-schedule from front to front; their theme, in Holzer‘s words, is ‘Karl, Karl, Karl‘. Once taken, they were efficiently distributed to the press and published in impressive numbers. The emperor himself, who had had the system created, also collaborated actively in the image-making process. In the event, of course, propaganda alone could not save the monarchy.
Meanwhile, two other emperors (whose reigns were also terminated by war) had used photography for a mixture of personal and propaganda purposes: Napoleon III of France (reg. 1852-70) and Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia (reg. 1894-1917). The French Second Empire coincided with the rapid diffusion of the wet-plate process, in practical terms far superior to the earlier daguerreotype and calotype, and with the related boom in stereoscopy and commercial portraiture. The improved medium was used by Napoleon‘s government to record a range of technical and social achievements, and more generally to project a modern, progressive image. The imperial couple, Napoleon and Eugénie, and their family were portrayed countless times, individually, together and in composite ‘photo-mosaics‘. Probably the most widely circulated portraits were those by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, who patented the spectacularly popular carte-de-visite format in 1854. But other photographers who joined in the lucrative celebrity and imperial portrait business included Olympe Aguado, Gustave le Gray (the emperor on military manoeuvres, the empress at prayer), G. Pilot (a graphic and photographic composite of Napoleon III and Napoleon I, both with their sons), Meyer & Pierson (a stereo portrait of the emperor on his 50th birthday in 1858), and the Paris-based Russian Sergei Levitsky. By the time the empire collapsed in 1870, Levitsky had returned to his pre-established portrait business in St Petersburg, and eventually became titular Court Photographer to the Romanovs. Before his death in 1898, however, his role had been taken over by A. K. Yagelsky of the firm of C. E. de Hahn, who accompanied Tsar Nicholas II on official trips, photographed the imperial family in private and gave instruction to the children, most of whom, like their parents, became keen photographers. Interestingly, some of Yagelsky‘s ‘private‘ pictures were published commercially, alongside the standard plethora of formal imperial portraits; although, once again, the extent to which this reflected an emerging ‘media policy‘ remains open to question. The execution party which massacred the imperial family at Ekaterinburg in July 1918 was, by a macabre irony, led by a former professional photographer.
The formative decades of photography‘s history ran parallel to, and influenced, the changing public role of monarchies in Europe. Already in the 1850s, when the carte-de-visite marked a step-change in the commercialization of the medium, kings and emperors and their families were rubbing shoulders, as it were, with writers, statesmen and actresses, whose images sometimes became much more sought-after and profitable than those of royalty. From the 1880s onwards, at least in theory, anyone with a camera at the right place and time could take a monarch‘s picture, with no guarantee that it would be either flattering or politically convenient. By the turn of the century, photojournalism, illustrated newspapers, and the extension (since it already existed for portraits) of an international picture market was turning the gathering of indiscreet photographs into a major business. As we have seen, this made control or management of the royal image a problem. Only in wartime Austria-Hungary – past the point of no return for the Habsburgs – did a clearly articulated system of monarchical photo-propaganda emerge. In Imperial Germany something comparable may have existed in embryo. In England, a policy of trading royal photo-opportunities for family privacy came into being under Edward VII, presaging – though distantly – the struggles over the royal image in the paparazzo era.
© Robin Lenman 2007 
British Royal Family 
268.03   Portrait >  Carte de visites: British royalty 
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Albumen carte de visite prints of the British Royal Family. 
   Carte de visite Royalty 
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268.04   Portrait >  Queen Victoria 
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Queen Victoria was an enthusiastic collector of photography from the 1840s and the Royal Family was photographed extensively by photographers including Roger Fenton, J.E. Mayall, Charles Clifford, George Washington Wilson, Southwell Brothers, W. & D.Downey, Gunn & Stuart and a host of others.[3] 
268.05   Portrait >  Henry Hering - Alfred Reeves: Photograph. The Kings and Queens of England 
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An advertisement was published in the 31 May 1862 issue of The Bookseller for a carte de visite with "A Beautiful Portrait of 83 Portraits of the Kings and Queens of England". The unusual card had a lot to recommend its educational potential and part of the marketing was to give the carte for "School Prizes, or Rewards for Good Conduct". The person to contact on the advertisement was H. Hering of 137 Regent Street, London.[4]
Henry Hering had been in the bookbinding trade, photographed inmates at an insane asylum (1852-1862) for Dr. Hugh Welsh Diamond,[5] and exhibited photographs.[6] It is not certain who made this photograph as Alfred Reeves[7] had made photomicrograph slides with the same image that were described in 1859.[8] There are multiple possibilities here - Henry Hering produced the image, Alfred Reeves or another person created it and Henry Hering was the publisher.[9] 
268.06   Portrait >  Portrait: Royalty: Suvenir of the Royal Visit to India (1876) 
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268.07   Portrait >  Royal support for industry, the arts and photography in Victorian Britain 
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268.08   Portrait >  Francis Bedford: The Prince of Wales and his trip to the East (1862) 
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The Royal Collection in the UK includes The Prince of Wales's diary which contains insights into his 1862 Tour[10] accompanied by photographer Francis Bedford.[11]
4 March 1862
We then proceeded on the dromedaries (not at all an unpleasant mode of conveyance) to the celebrated Pyramids of Ghizeh - They quite exceeded my expectations, & are certainly wonderful mementoes of our forefathers. We visited the Sphinx just before sunset, which is also very curious and interesting. We had a charming little encampment just below the Pyramids where we slept for the night'
13 March 1862
"....The ruins of Philae are beautiful and most interesting and Mr. Bedford the photographer, who came from England with me and our party took some very good views...."
14 March 1862
"....Mr. Bedford (the photographer who accompanied us from England) took some very successful views of the temple (at Edfoo)".
21 April 1862
".... We lunched under a figtree at 12 o'clock on the site of where once the city of Capernaum is said to have stood, + Mr. Bedford photographed us 'en groupe'."
4 May 1862
"At about 10 we left our camp to lionize thoroughly the fine temple (at Baalbec) + we were much pleased with what we saw. We remained about two hours going over it; Mr. Bedford took some excellent views of it, which will be a great addition to his collection of photographs...."
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268.09   Portrait >  Dejatch Alamayou 
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Téwodros II (Theodore II) Emperor of Ethiopia who committed suicide when his fortress at Magdala fell to the British forces of Sir Robert Napier on Easter Monday, 13 April 1868) during the 1868 Expedition to Abyssinia.[12] His son Prince Alemayehu (Dejatch Alamayou) was brought to England where Captain Speedy (Basha Felika) became his guardian. He was educated at Cheltenham School and Rugby but died aged 18 in October 1879.
Queen Victoria wrote of his death in her diary:
"It is too sad! All alone in a strange country, without a single person or relative belonging to him... His was no happy life".
In commemoration in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle there is a brass plaque which reads "I was a stranger and ye took me in."[13] and he is buried in a brick vault outside the chapel. 
Royal dynasties 
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268.11   Portrait >  François Aubert: The execution of Emperor Maximillian 
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The French artist Édouard Manet painted a number of oil paintings depicting the execution by firing squad of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico (1832-1867) and two of his generals in Santiago de Querétaro.[14] Maximilian became Emperor following French intervention in Mexico but had continual opposition and France withdrew its forces leaving him in a precarious political position that led to his execution on 19 June 1867.[15]
French photographer François Aubert was working in Mexico at the time and photographed the execution in a gruesome series of photographs that caused consternation in Europe at the time. The death of royalty was, not surprisingly, a sensitive topic in monarchies. Aubert photographed the firing squad, the blood stained shirt full of bullet holes, and the Emperor in his coffin.
In a curatorial comment for the photograph of Emperor Maximilian's Firing Squad at the Metropolitan Museum of Art says:
Legend maintains that Maximilian paid each of the seven executors shown here one ounce of gold not to shoot him in the head; he wanted, the story asserts, his mother to see his face one last time when he was in his coffin.[16]
The collection of the Getty Research Institute includes a photograph of an artistic rendering of the Empress Carlota mourning Emperor Maximilian (1867-1868).[17][18] 
268.12   Portrait >  The German royal family 
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The German royal family and its monarchs are well recorded in photography and many studios took their portraits including J.C. Schaarwächter (Berlin), Reichard & Lindner (Berlin), Thomas Heinrich Voigt (Bad Homburg vor der hohe), Selle & Kuntze (Potsdam), Bieber Family, Sophus Williams and Alexander Bassano (London).
Kaiser Wilhelm I
(1797-1888, King of Prussia, President of the North German Confederation 1867-1871, German Emperor 1871-1888)  
Kaiser Friedrich III
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Kaiser Wilhelm II
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268.13   Portrait >  Robinson & Roi: The Famous Glass Dress - Royal Robe of Princess Eulalia 
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In this cabinet card shows a mannequin wearing the glass dress that was ordered by the Spanish Princess Eulalia at the 1893 World's Fair. The back of the card provides the context and serves as a promotion for The Libbey Glass Company
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268.15   Portrait >  Carneiro & Gaspar - painted by J. Courtois: Empress Teresa Cristina and Pedro II of Brazil 
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268.16   Portrait >  Royal family of Persia 
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Shah Nasir al-Din (1831-1896) was photographed by foreign visitors and appreciated photography - even permitting Frances Carlhian to have studio space within the Royal Palace. Luigi Pesce[19], who was in Persia to train and modernize the army, photographed the Shah in the 1850s but others quickly followed.[20] French photographer Frances Carlhian took photographs in Persia and an album including his photographs was compiled by (Chef de la missions militaire française en Perse).[21] Shah Nasir al-Din () was photographed by Luigi Montabone on the Italian mission to Persia (1862)
268.17   Portrait >  Portrait: Royalty: The ruling class of the Indian subcontinent 
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268.18   Portrait >  Royal family of Burma 
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268.19   Portrait >  John Thomson: Royal family of Siam 
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John Thomson well known for his albumen prints of sourtheast Asia[22] also photographed in Siam which would become Thailand. When the English governess Anna Leonowens required illustrations for her book The English Governess at the Siamese Court (1870)[23] woodcuts were made from photographs by Thomson.[24] 
268.20   Portrait >  Woodbury and Page: Ruling families of Southeast Asia 
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268.21   Portrait >  Royal family of Japan 
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The Meiji Restoration[25] of 1868 brought the end of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan and the return of centralized Imperial power under Emperor Meiji.[26] His reign was one of social upheaval along the technological and military growth. Although the arrival of the "Black Ships" of Commodore Matthew Perry in July 1853 and the raising of awareness of the outside world were significant they were a part of a complex series of changes taking place in Japan.
Uchida Kuichi (1844-1875) was the only photographer granted permission to photograph Emperor and Empress Haruko and he photographed them in full court clothing and everyday clothing (1872) and Western style clothing (1873). 
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268.23   Portrait >  Royal family of Tahiti 
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268.24   Portrait >  Chief Cakobau of Bau, the self-proclaimed King of Fiji 
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Paul Frecker has provided the context:
"During the 1840's Chief Cakobau of Bau, with the assistance of the Europeans and their firearms, began to extend his control of Viti Levu and several islands. By 1850 the white settlers were calling him Tui Viti (King of Fiji), and he converted to Christianity to secure European support. In fact he was only one war-lord among many. His domination was in one limited area in Western Fiji, while the east was controlled by Ma'afu, a Tongan chief who had gained control over the Lau group.
In 1858, the British became concerned by the interest being shown by France and the United States in the islands and sent their consul, Pritchard, to claim them. Cakobau, who was in debt to some American residents who has sold him firearms, offered to cede the islands to Britain in return for the payment of his debts. Pritchard took the offer to London but the government, but no doubt preoccupied elsewhere, failed to act. During the following years hundreds of Islanders were taken from their homes and forced into slavery in the Fijian plantations.
In 1871 Cakobau attempted to form a Western-style government but this collapsed after just two years. In 1873 the acting British consul sought British annexation of Fiji, and on 10 October 1874 it was pronounced a British colony and a capital was established at Suva." 
Perspectives on royalty 
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Royal patronage of photographic studios 
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  1. Λ Roger Fenton is the best known of Crimean War photographers and there is a considerable amount written about him - Gordon Baldwin et al., 2004, All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art); Helmut & Alison Gernsheim, 1954, Roger Fenton: Photographer of the Crimean War, (London: Secker & Warburg); John Hannavy, 1975, Fenton of Crimble Hall, (Boston: David R. Godine); Valerie Lloyd, 1988, Roger Fenton: Photographer of the 1850s, (London: South Bank Board); Richard Pare, 1987, Roger Fenton, (New York: Aperture).
    For a rephotographic study - David R. Jones, 2012, In the Footsteps of Roger Fenton, Crimean War Photographer, ( self-published) 
  2. Λ Roger Fenton is the best known of Crimean War photographers and there is a considerable amount written about him - Gordon Baldwin et al., 2004, All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art); Helmut & Alison Gernsheim, 1954, Roger Fenton: Photographer of the Crimean War, (London: Secker & Warburg); John Hannavy, 1975, Fenton of Crimble Hall, (Boston: David R. Godine); Valerie Lloyd, 1988, Roger Fenton: Photographer of the 1850s, (London: South Bank Board); Richard Pare, 1987, Roger Fenton, (New York: Aperture).
    For a rephotographic study - David R. Jones, 2012, In the Footsteps of Roger Fenton, Crimean War Photographer, ( self-published) 
  3. Λ For Queen Victoria - Anne M. Lyden, 2014, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, (J. Paul Getty Museum. This volueme was published to accompany the exhibition "A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography", 4 February - 8 June 2014 at The Getty Center, Los Angeles. 
  4. Λ For the original carte de visite - Henry Hering (1814-1893), The Kings and Queens of England: From the Conquest to Queen Victoria, 1862, Carte de visite, photomontage, 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 ins (image), National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Given by Algernon Graves, 1916, NPG Ax13139 
  5. Λ Sander Gilman (ed.), 1976, The Face of Madness: Hugh W. Diamond and the Origin of Psychiatric Photography, (Brunner/Mazel); Sander L. Gilman, 1882, Seeing the Insane, (NY: John Wiley in association with Brunner/Mazel) 
  6. Λ Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf, 2007, Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860, (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) 
  7. Λ The initials A.R. appear on microscope slides from the mid 1850s and in the Summer 2007 issue of "Micro Miscellanea" ("Initials on microphotographs – thoughts on AR", no. 66, pages 20-29) Stanley Warren proposed an excellent argument that A.R. was Alfred Reeves. Alfred Reeves was able to copy painting onto microscope slides and managed to place all eighty five portraits of the "Kings & Queens of England, From the Conquest to Queen Victoria" on a single slide.
    An account of the life of Alfred Reeves will be found at
    With thanks to Professor Brian Stevenson. 
  8. Λ With thanks to Professor Brian Stevenson for bringing this to my attention. (pers. emails: Professor Brian Stevenson to Alan Griffiths) 
  9. Λ I would be interested in research that sheds light on who the original photographer was - 
  10. Λ Quotations are taken from - Bill Jay "Royal Command - Francis Bedford's photographs of the educational tour of the Middle East by the Prince of Wales, 1862"
    (Accessed: 11 November 2013) 
  11. Λ Francis Bedford, 1863, Photographic Pictures Made By Mr. Francis Bedford During the Tour in the East in which, by command, he accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, (London: Day & Son)
    W.M. Thompson & Francis Bedford, 1860s, The Holy Land, Egypt, Constantinople, Athens: a series of forty-eight photographs, (London: Day) [Text and introduction by W.M. Thompson, photographs by Francis Bedford]
    See also - Badr El-Hage & Sophie Gordon, 2012, The Middle East in early photographs: Francis Bedford's royal tour of 1862, (London: Royal Collection); Sophie Gordon; John McCarthy & Badr El-Hage, 2013, Cairo to Constantinople: Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East, (Royal Collection Publications) 
  12. Λ For the 1868 Expedition to Abyssinia - The National Archives (UK)
    (Accessed: 28 July 2013) 
  13. Λ King James Bible, Matthew 25:35
    For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. 
  14. Λ The Execution of Emperor Maximilian - Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 23 August 2013)
    There are three oil paintings in different collections: Kunsthalle in Mannheim (Germany), National Gallery (London, UK) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA) 
  15. Λ 2006, Manet and the Execution of Maximilian, (New York: Museum of Modern Art) 
  16. Λ François Aubert [1867], [Emperor Maximilian's Firing Squad], Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005, Accession Number: 2005.100.580.1 
  17. Λ Jägern (after Karl von Stur), 1867-1868, [Empress Carlota mourning Emperor Maximilian], photograph, GRI Digital Collections, Object Number: 93.R.20 
  18. Λ Carlota of Mexico, born Charlotte of Belgium (Marie Charlotte Amélie Augustine Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine; 7 June 1840 - 19 January 1927), empress consort of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, the former Archduke of Austria. 
  19. Λ Frances Terpak , 30 October 2013, "1850s Tehran Revealed in Rare Photographic Album: Early photographs of the city and archaeological sites provide rare glimpse of 19th-century Persia" - The GerryIris: The Online Magazine of the Getty
    (Accessed: 8 January 2014) 
  20. Λ For the context of Italian photographers in Persia - Maria Francesca Bonetti & Alberto Prandi, 2010, La Persia Qajar: fotografi italiani in Iran, 1848-1864, ([Roma] : Peliti associati, cop.); Maria Francesca Bonetti & Alberto Prandi, 2013, ‘Italian Photographers in Iran 1848–64‘, History of Photography, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 14-31 
  21. Λ 1860 (ca.), "Vues photographiques de Perse 1858-1861", Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Archives photographiques, AP11186 
  22. Λ For John Thomson in China - John Thomson, 1873-1874, Illustrations of China and Its People, a Series of Two Hundred Photographs with Letterpress Description of the Places and People Represented, 4 vols. (London: Sampson Low, Marston Low, and Searle, 1873 [vols. 1 and 2] and 1874 [vols. 3 and 4]); John Thomson, 1873, Foochow and the River Min. A series of photographs, (London: Autotype Fine Art Company)
    In Formosa (Taiwan) - Hohn Thomson,1873, ‘Notes on a Journey to Southern Formosa‘, Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, vol. 43, p. 97
    Also see - John Thomson, 1875, Straits of Malacca, Indo-China, and China, or, Ten Years Travels, Adventures, and Residence Abroad, (New York: Harper and Brothers) 
  23. Λ Anna Harriette Leonowens, 1870, The English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok, (London: Trubner & Co / Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co). This was the basis for Anna and the King of Siam, and The King and I
  24. Λ The title page of Anna Harriette Leonowens, 1870, The English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok, (London: Trubner & Co / Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co). says "With Illustrations, From Photographs presented to the Author by the King of Siam." In the book the author says was she was indebted to "the able English photographer. James Thomson, F. R. G. S. L." but presumably this was an error and the photographer was John Thomson (p. vii).
    Thanks to Stephen L. White for making me aware of this connection. (Facebook, 12 July 2014). 
  25. Λ The Meiji Restoration restored Imperial rule to Japan removing the powers of the Shoguns.
    W. Beasley, 1972, The Meiji Restoration, (Stanford University Press), Marius B. Jansen, 2002, The Making of Modern Japan, (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) 
  26. Λ In Japan the Emperor takes the name of the period over which they ruled. Emperor Meiji ruled 3 February 1867 – 30 July 1912.


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General reading 
Dimand, Frances & Taylor, Roger, 1987, Crown and Camera: The Royal Family and Photography, 1842-1910, (Harmondsworth: Penguin) [Δ
Gernsheim, Helmut & Gernsheim, Alison, 1959, Victoria R.: A Biography with Four Hundred Illustrations Based on Her Personal Photograph Albums, (New York: Putnam) [Δ
Homans, Margaret, 1993, ‘To the Queen's Private Apartments: Royal Family Portraiture and the Construction of Victoria's Sovereign Obedience‘, Victorian Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 1-42 [Δ
Homans, Margaret, 1995, ‘Victoria's Sovereign Obedience: Portraits of the Queen as Wife and Mother‘, in Carol T. Christ & John O. Jordan (eds.), 1995, Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination, (Berkeley: University of California Press), pp. 169-197 [Δ
Lyden, Anne M., 2014, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, (J. Paul Getty Museum) isbn-10: 1606061550 isbn-13: 978-1606061558 [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Francis Bedford 
Bedford, Francis, 1863, Photographic Pictures Made By Mr. Francis Bedford During the Tour in the East in which, by command, he accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, (London: Day & Son) [Δ
Lala Deen Dayal 
Worswick, Clark, 1980, Princely India: Photographs by Raja Lala Deen Dayal, Court Photographer (1884–1910) to the Premier Prince of India, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf) [Δ
Izis & Putney, John, 1953, The Queen's People, (London: The Harvill Press) [Δ
Vassilaki Kargopoulo 
Oztuncay, Bahattin, 2000, Vassilaki Kargopoulo: Photographer to His Majesty the Sultan, (Istanbul: BOS) [Δ
Luigi Montabone 
Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorn, Ferydoun et al,, 2004, The Montabone Album. Ricordi del Viaggio in Persia della Missione Italiana 1862, (Rotterdam-Gronsveld-Santa Barbara-Tehran: Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorns & Co’s Uitgeversmaatschappij) [Δ
Montabone, Luigi, n.d.Ricordi del viaggio in Persia della missione italiana del 1862 [Album] [Δ
Piemontese, Angelo Michele, 1972, Sept-Dec, ‘The Photograph Album of the Italian Diplomatic Mission to Persia (Summer 1862),‘, East and West, vol. 22 New Series, no. 3-4, pp. 249-271 [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - 

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ThumbnailJohn Jabez Mayall - Royalty 
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ThumbnailRoyalty and Photography in Europe, An Introduction 
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ThumbnailFranz Joseph I of Austria 
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ThumbnailKing Edward VII (formerly Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales) 
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ThumbnailPrincess Diana 
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ThumbnailShah of Persia - Nasir al-Din Shah 
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ThumbnailBourne and Shepherd: The Prince's First Tiger 
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ThumbnailCarneiro & Gaspar - painted by J. Courtois: Empress Teresa Cristina and Pedro II of Brazil 
ThumbnailCharles Clifford: Queen Victoria 
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ThumbnailFrances Carlhian: Album page showing the Shah of Persia - Nasir al-Din Shah 
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ThumbnailFrancis Bedford: The Prince of Wales and his trip to the East (1862) 
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ThumbnailFrançois Aubert: The execution of Emperor Maximillian 
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ThumbnailHenry Hering / Alfred Reeves: Photograph. The Kings & Queens of England 
ThumbnailHerzog & Higgins: Maharaja Sri Teen Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and his family 
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ThumbnailJabez Hughes: Portraits of Dejatch Alamayou and Basha Felika 
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ThumbnailJohn Thomson: Royal family of Siam 
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ThumbnailJulia Margaret Cameron: Portraits of Dejatch Alamayou and Basha Felika 
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ThumbnailLuigi Montabone: Ricordi del viaggio in Persia della missione italiana 1862 
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ThumbnailLuigi Pesce: Nasir al-Din Shah 
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ThumbnailUnderwood & Underwood: His Majesty Edward VII on the Royal Yacht 
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ThumbnailW & D. Downey: Alexander II, Czar of Russia (1818-1881) 
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ThumbnailWilliam Notman: H.R.H. Prince Arthur 
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ThumbnailWoodbury and Page: Pakubuwono IX, Sultan of Solo, Java 
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ThumbnailWoodbury and Page: Ruling families of Southeast Asia 
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ThumbnailPortrait: Royalty: Emirs of Bukhara 
ThumbnailPortrait: Royalty: Royalty and Photography in Europe 
ThumbnailPortrait: Royalty: Suvenir of the Royal Visit to India 1876 
ThumbnailPortrait: Royalty: The ruling class of the Indian subcontinent 
ThumbnailCabinet cards: Backs: Royal patronage 
ThumbnailCabinet cards: Themes: Portrait: Royalty 
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   Still thinking about these... 
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