Francis Bedford was commissioned by Queen Victoria to accompany the future King Edward VII on his tour of the Middle East in spring 1862. This lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced book traces their route through Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece, using Bedford's photographs alongside extracts from the Prince's diary and other newly discovered archival material, published here for the first time. In often stifling heat, Bedford produced over 200 negatives, including images of architecture and stunning landscapes, as well as portraits of those he encountered on the tour - both local inhabitants and members of the royal party.
Publisher: Royal Collection Trust
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1730 g
Dimensions: 260 x 280 x 27 mm
"Francis Bedford followed in the footsteps of a generation of enterprising scenic artists who invested their watercolors with the perspective of romantic sensibility. . . . In a sumptuous new record of his work on the royal journey, the remoteness of Egypt and the once-named Holy Land is evident from the first."
"Less than two months after Prince Albert died, plunging his widow, Victoria, into a half century of mourning, she bade farewell to her eldest son and heir, Edward, as he set off on a four-month tour of the Middle East. Though Edward's adventures are long forgotten, the visit's true lasting legacy is a rare collection of more than 180 pictures, which captured an area rarely previously photographed. . . . The photos are enhanced by diary excerpts of those on the tour, including Edward."