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Francis Bedford
Tour in the East

The Royal Collection in the UK includes The Prince of Wales's diary which contains insights into his 1862 Tour.
4 March 1862
We then proceeded on the dromedaries (not at all an unpleasant mode of conveyance) to the celebrated Pyramids of Ghizeh - They quite exceeded my expectations, & are certainly wonderful mementoes of our forefathers. We visited the Sphinx just before sunset, which is also very curious and interesting. We had a charming little encampment just below the Pyramids where we slept for the night'
13 March 1862
"....The ruins of Philae are beautiful and most interesting and Mr.Bedford the photographer, who came from England with me and our party took some very good views...."
14 March 1862
"....Mr. Bedford (the photographer who accompanied us from England) took some very successful views of the temple (at Edfoo)".
21 April 1862
".... We lunched under a figtree at 12 o'clock on the site of where once the city of Capernaum is said to have stood, + Mr. Bedford photographed us 'en groupe'."
4 May 1862
"At about 10 we left our camp to lionize thoroughly the fine temple (at Baalbec) + we were much pleased with what we saw. We remained about two hours going over it; Mr. Bedford took some excellent views of it, which will be a great addition to his collection of photographs...."
Bill Jay "Royal Command - Francis Bedford's photographs of the educational tour of the Middle East by the Prince of Wales, 1862" 



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