Prince of Wales - Britain's democratic heir to the throne, visits New York
Photographer: Underwood and Underwood
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic pair of photographs taken by Underwood & Underwood in c.1900, showing a portrait of the Prince of Wales on a visit to New York during a royal tour. The prints are included at the end of a collection of stereoscopic views of Burma, one of a series of “stereoscopic tours” of foreign countries published as part of the Underwood Travel Library. Each pair of views, made using a special camera with two lenses, is mounted on stout card for insertion in a stereoscope or binocular viewer. Stereoscopic views became enormously popular in the mid-19th century as they enabled observers to imagine that they were really “touring” around distant parts of the world. A stereoscope produces the illusion of a single three-dimensional image in the mind of the observer by using the binocular function of human sight to combine the two images, which are seen from fractionally different viewpoints.