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Albert and Victoria gifted decorative objects featuring photographs

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Gold stanhope c. 1862

Gold viewing device with lens and microphotograph | 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 24718

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A gold stanhope containing eight microphotographs of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children. The photographs include a portrait of Princess Beatrice (RCIN 2907757), a portrait of Princess Alice with her brother the Prince of Wales (possibly RCIN 2900332), portraits of Prince Arthur and Prince Leopold in Highland dress (possibly RCIN 2900363), a portrait of Princess Helena and Princess Louise (possibly RCIN 2143804), among others of the family. It appears all the photographs are by J J Mayall.

Stanhopes developed out of the nineteenth-century fascination for microphotographs. Stanhopes consisted of a small object, similar to a trinket, embedded with a lens to view a microphotograph. The most popular manufacturer of stanhopes was René Dagron, who presented a set of stanhopes to Queen Victoria in 1862.
  • Creator(s)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)
    Princess Helena, consort of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1846-1923)
    Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)
    Princess Beatrice, wife of Prince Henry of Battenberg (1857-1944)
    Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine, consort of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)
    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
    Prince Leopold (1853-84)
    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Empress Friedrich, consort of Friedrich III, Emperor of Germany & King of Prussia (1840-1901)
  • 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.8 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • tools and equipment
        • equipment for personal use
          • eyewear
            • eye glasses
              • monocles
      • visual works
        • bibelots