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Early Photographs in the Royal Collection

Francis John Williamson (1833-1920)

'Alamayu, Prince of Abyssinia' signed & dated 1880

RCIN 41574

Durbar Corridor, Osborne House

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This bronze portrait bust of Prince Alamayou was commissioned by Queen Victoria, possibly after the death of the young prince in 1879. He is shown in profile relief wearing a native tunic and a cloak wrapped around his body. The cloak is edged with a lion’s mane, a symbol of Abyssinian princes. It was presented by the artist, the English sculptor Francis John Williamson, at Windsor Castle in July 1880. It was sent to Queen Victoria’s favourite residence, Osborne House, in the Isle of Wight, to be placed in the Upper Corridor.