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[The Prince of Wales and group at the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt]
1862, 5 March
20.6 x 27.9 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince, is Joseph Kanné, the Queen’s courier, who was responsible for all the practical arrangements of the tour. The photograph is unsigned, and was not part of the public series published by Day & Son, London. Francis Bedford, in his catalogue of the photographic views, describes the pyramids as 'the largest and oldest monuments in the world, when viewed from a position close to their bases, present the nearest approach to mountains which the skill and power of man have yet produced. It is impossible to determine the exact object for which they were constructed.' (Catalogue of photographic views, 1862, p.6).
Acquired by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), 1862