Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Royal Pets: 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. 

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
via The Royal Collection Trust
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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