Prince George of Wales, by a sacred tree, Nishi Hongan-ji, Kyoto, Japan
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Hu-s16. Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (1865-1936), later King George V, was the second 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). Prince George and his elder brother Prince Albert Victor 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 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. See Hu-s13. 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 273mm
Black and white photograph