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Charles Clifford (1819-62)

Alberca Court, Granada, Spain c. 1858

RCIN 2700098

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Alberca Court is situated in the Moorish Palace of Alhambra in Granada, southern Spain. The word Alberca derives from the Arabic word meaning 'pond' and, therefore, refers to the large pond in the centre of the court, filled with goldfish and surrounded by myrtles. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first purchased some of Clifford's Spanish photographs in 1854. This particular print is from a series of 159, published in two volumes in Madrid in 1861, under the patronage of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, the King and Queen of Spain, the Emperors of France, Russia and Austria, the Duc de Montpensier and others