Saturday, 26 September 2009
Prince Albert of the British royal family, 1842.
During the nineteenth century, a man’s place continued to be in the home. Domesticity and fatherhood were considered by society at large to be the natural duties of males, who were considered inferior to females and thus unsuited to positions of responsibility or power. This kept men far away from the public sphere of business and politics.
Prince Albert, consort of the ruling Queen, came to represent a kind of demure masculinity which was centred on the family, respectability and obedience to his wife. Accompanied by his beloved Victoria, and surrounded by his many children in the sumptuous but homely surroundings of Balmoral Castle, Albert became an icon of marital stability and domestic virtue.