|A cabinet card portrait of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice.
Photographed by Alexander Bassano of 25, Old Bond Street, London.
Despite his surname, Bassano was British. He was born in London, on 10 May 1829, the second youngest in a family of eight children born to Clement Bassano, a fishmonger, also born in London, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was baptized at St. James’s, Westminster, on 28 December 1829.
He appears on the 1861 census, living in Lambeth with his wife, Adelaide. He described himself as ‘Artist – Photographer employing 5 men’. In 1881, he was living at 12, Montagu Place, London, with his wife, Adelaide, his son, Clement, and his daughter, Camilla, along with three servants. A fine house in a lovely square, his neighbours next door at number 13 were the Earl and Countess of Waldegrave. At the time of the census, Bassano gave his profession as ‘Artist’. Twenty years later, at the time of the 1901 census, he was living in Croydon with his wife and two granddaughters, Hermione and Sybil Serjeant. By now he was describing himself as an ‘Artist in Water Colour and Sculptor.’
condition: Slight loss of tonal range towards the upper edge of the image. The mark that you can see in the
upper left-hand corner of the print is damage to the original negative.
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