Grave of royal photographer Francis Bedford found at Highgate Cemetery

A talk about the first photographer ever to travel on a royal tour will be held at The Chapel in Highgate Cemetery.

The grave of Francis Bedford was discovered at the cemetery in Swain’s Lane, Highgate, by chance by Canadian photography collector Stephen Evans earlier this year.

Dr Sophie Gordon, senior curator of photographs at the Royal Collection, will give a talk about his career on Wednesday (June 12) at 7.30pm, ahead of an exhibition of Bedford’s work in 2014.

In 1862 Bedford joined the Prince of Wales, the future king Edward VII, on a four month tour of the Middle East, which was followed avidly by the British press.

On his return to England, Bedford’s photographs were displayed in an exhibition, described at the time as “the most important photographic exhibition that has hitherto been placed before the public”.


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The Royal Collection is currently displaying Bedford’s work in an exhibition entitled Cairo to Constantinople at The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. This will be relocated to Buckingham Palace in Autumn 2014.

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