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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

The Sphinx, the Great Pyramid and two lesser Pyramids, Ghizeh, Egypt 4 March 1862

RCIN 2700866

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The Prince and his companions visited the pyramids on camels, which the Prince described as ‘not at all an unpleasant mode of conveyance’. They viewed the Sphinx just before sunset and decided to set up an encampment below the pyramids where they slept for the night in order to climb the Great Pyramid before sunrise the following day. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862