Julia Margaret Cameron

Allegory: Dejátch Alamayu and Báshá Félika (Prince Alamayu, Son of Emperor Theodore of Abyssinia, with Captain Tristram Speedy)

20 July 1868
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Dejátch Álámáyou was the son of Emperor Tewodros II of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Orphaned as the result of a series of tragic events, he was brought to England by Captain Tristram Sawyer Speedy, a professional soldier and adventurer who had worked for the emperor. When news broke of the orphan's arrival in England, photographers and engravers were quick to descend on the exotic-looking prince. Álámáyou went to live with Captain Speedy and his wife on the Isle of Wight, where he was introduced to Queen Victoria and to the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Lonely and displaced in his adopted land, Prince Álámáyou died of consumption at the age of nineteen.
Title
Allegory: Dejátch Alamayu and Báshá Félika (Prince Alamayu, Son of Emperor Theodore of Abyssinia, with Captain Tristram Speedy)
Date
20 July 1868
Medium
Photograph
Materials
albumen silver print
Dimensions
35.2 x 27.7 cm
Nationality
British (England)
Credit line
Purchased 1967
Accession number
21278