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Victoria, Princess Royal, and Princess Alice, Balmoral
Photograph of The Princess Royal (left) and Princess Alice who sit together outside on bench. Princess Royal holds walking stick in her right hand, her left hand on her sister's shoulder. Both wear dresses, jackets and hats.
These portraits taken at Balmoral were part of the last commission Fenton received from the Queen. Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901) and Princess Alice (1843-78) are seated on a bench, probably in front of the gardener’s cottage on the Balmoral estate. The artist Edwin Landseer stayed here in 1850 and it may have been where Fenton himself stayed.
Text adapted from Roger Fenton – Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British photographs from the Royal Collection, London, 2010