Prince Albert Victor of Wales, by a sacred tree, Nishi Hongan-ji, Kyoto, Japan
© 2017 Francis Addington
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Hu-s13. Prince Albert Victor of Wales (1864-1892) was the eldest son of Albert Edward (later King Edward VII) and Alexandra of Denmark. This photograph was taken within the precincts of Nishi Hongan-ji in Kyoto, Japan, where the prince, together with his brother, Prince George of Wales (1865-1936), and other members from the HMS Bacchante party, stayed overnight on 5 November 1881. This photograph was taken ‘the next morning, after breakfast’ (‘The Cruise of H.M.S. ‘Bacchante’ 1879-1882’, vol 2, page 84). Albert Victor and his brother Prince George later visited China on their world tour as midshipmen on HMS Bacchante, accompanied by their tutor, Canon John Neale Dalton. The royal midshipmen stayed two nights in early December at the British Consulate General, as guests of Patrick Joseph Hughes (Consul-General in Shanghai from 1884 to 1891) and his wife Margaret Mary Hughes. Prince Albert Victor was created the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, and Earl of Athlone, in 1890. See Hu-s16. See also the prints at the Royal Collection Trust: RCIN 2580983 (https://www.rct.uk/collection/search#/1/collection/2580983/prince-albert-victor-of-wales-at-nishi-hongan-ji-kyoto) and RCIN2580984 (https://www.rct.uk/collection/search#/1/collection/2580984/group-portraitnbspat-nishi-hongan-jinbspkyoto).
Sunday 6 November 1881
210mm x 271mm
Black and white photograph