Royalty pair of 1868 photos group portraits + key
ROYALTY, British. - J. MACKINTOSH (photographer, of Kelso).
[Kelso, Scotland] a pair of outdoor ‘Portraits in Royal Groups. Taken at Floors Castle.’: a ‘Large Group’ featuring 19 sitters; and a ‘Small Group’ featuring 10 sitters. [Kelso, Scotland: undated but October 1865]. 2 albumen print photographs (5 ½ x 7 5/8 inches; 133 x 193mm, and 5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches; 130 x 193mm.) on a single card mount (11 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches), with 5 smaller single portrait photographs on the verso (including a CdeV-sized image by W. & D. Downey of the Princess of Wales with the future King George V as a baby).
[with:] a single page letterpress ‘Key to Portraits in Royal Groups. Taken at Floors Castle, by J. Mackintosh’ (8 5/8 x 4 ¼ inches), in which all the sitters in the photographs are identified. Very rare – possibly unrecorded ?
Condition: see images.
These rare images were apparently taken during a visit by the Prince and Princess of Wales to Floors castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxbburghe. A local photographer, Mackintosh of Kelso, marked the visit by taking these 'en plein air' images. 'J. Mackintosh & Co.' were subsequently allowed to advertise that they were 'landscape and portrait photographers to their R.H. the Prince & Princess of Wales'.
According to the 'Key', the sitters include: the hosts the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, H.R.H. the Princess of Wales, H.R.H. Prince Alfred, 'H.S.H. Prince John of Glucksburg' [i.e. Prince Johann of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg], H.S.H. the Princess Hilda [i.e. Princess Hilda of Anhalt-Dessau], and others. (2).