Queen Victoria and Princess Feodora,
Carl Backhofen of Darmstadt
A cabinet card portrait of Queen Victoria and her first great-grandchild, Feodora.
Born on 12 May 1879, Feodora was the only child of Princess Charlotte of Prussia, who was the eldest daughter of Crown Princess Victoria (‘Vicky’), Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.
In 1898 Princess Feodora married Prince Henry XXX of Reuss. Their marriage was childless. Feodora was plagued by ill-health throughout her life, possibly as a result of the genetic disease porphyria. According to the historian John Van der Kiste, ‘the princess who had so desperately wanted children of her own had instead continued to battle with constant physical ailments, insomnia and severe depression, and endured many years of ill-health similar to that of her mother.’ Feodora committed suicide on 26 August 1945, dying shortly after World War II ended.
Photographed by Carl Backofen of Darmstadt.
Condition: please see scans. The print presents a small amount of very fine spotting, all of it peripheral, but is otherwise in excellent condition, with rich and satisfying tones. The mount is also in excellent condition, with crisp edges and sharp corners.