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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Herodiade' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160782

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Photograph of a painting by Paul Delaroche in 1843 and now in the collection of the Wallraf–Richartz Museum, Cologne (Inv. no. WRM 1093). The painting depicts a three-quarter length portrait of Herodias, Princess of Judaea, standing and facing to the left, her head turned to the right. She rests her hands on a cabinet upon which lies a platter containing the head of Saint John the Baptist. According to the biblical event, his decapitation was ordered by Herod Antipas following the request of his step-daughter Salome, who appears lifting a curtain in the background.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Saint John the Baptist
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs