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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Queen's Target, Wimbledon


Creator: Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
2 Jul 1860
Materials and techniques: 
Albumen print
28.1 x 24.5 cm
C&C 115
Acquirer: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, either by purchased or by gift from the National Rifle Association

Photograph of the target at which Queen Victoria fired a rifle during the inaugural meeting of the National Rifle Association at Wimbledon in July 1860. The mark made by the bullet on impact can be clearly seen, slightly above centre of target. Numbered in pencil on the mount, 'No.10'.

After The Queen had hit the bull's eye, an artist ran across to sketch the exact position of the bullet hole in order to show the Queen. Upon being handed the sketch by Prince Albert, the Queen laughed and then asked to see the actual target. It was however made of solid iron and required a number of men to carry it. So, the newspapers reported, it was decided that a photograph of the target would be taken instead.

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