Friday, January 7, 2011

Antique Image of the Day: Wat and Basco, 1886

Wat and Basco
The Royal Collection
The beloved dogs of Princess Beatrice (daughter of Queen Victoria) and her husband, Prince Henry of Battenberg, Wat and Basco were the subject of several photographs. This portrait of the two of them was displayed in a blue velvet frame with gold mounts spelling the dogs’ names.

Princess Beatrice’s love of photography was inherited from both of her parents. Prince Albert was the first of the Royal Family to become enchanted by the art of photography. After his death, that passion was continued by Queen Victoria who instilled it in their children.

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