| || |
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-61)
1854, 11 May
Albumen print, hand-coloured
20.3 x 14.2 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Hand painted photograph showing Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-61) after a drawing room, wearing formal court dress.
A 'Drawing Room' was a formal court function at which ladies were 'presented at Court' (ie debutantes), as opposed to levees, when gentlemen were presented to the Sovereign. During the reign of Queen Victoria, Drawing Rooms took place in the afternoon and Levees in the morning.
Photograph commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1854