PHOTOGRAPHY. CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) ["Déjatch Álámáyou, King Theodore's son"], [July] 1868
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CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) "Déjatch Álámáyou, King Theodore's son", [July] 1868
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 8,738) inc. premium

Lot Details
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET)
"Déjatch Álámáyou, King Theodore's son", albumen print, mounted on card, signed, titled, annotated 'From life Registered Photograph', printed with Amharic on the mount, Colnaghi blindstamp, gilt border surrounding the image [Cox & Ford, cat. no. 1121], 309 x 275mm., [July] 1868

Footnotes

  • This print was catalouged by Cox & Ford as "present whereabouts unknown", and is possibly unuqie.

    After his father committed suicide during the British Abyssinian Expedition of 1867-68, the widowed Empress Tiuwork and the young heir of Tewodros, Déjatch Álámáyou, were to be taken to England. However, the Empress never made the journey out of present day Ethiopia and was buried in Tigrai in the north of the country. Álámáyou made the journey to England alone and, whilst Queen Victoria subsidised his education at Rugby School, Captain Tristram Speedy, the Victorian explorer and adventurer, became his legal guardian. However, plagued by health problems, Álámáyou died of pleurisy aged 19. As Cameron's portrait exemplifies, Álámáyou was cast as a romantic and melancholy figure in Victorian popular culture.

    Provenance: Julia Margaret Cameron, and by descent to the present owners.
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