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Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Portrait of his first wife'; Portrait of a woman 1857

Albumen print | 22.9 x 16.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2081421

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Photograph of a painting of a half length portrait of woman, facing three-quarters to the left. She turns her head slightly and gazes at the viewer. She wears an elaborate lace collar.

The painting is attributed to Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and was once thought to be a portrait of his first wife, Isabella Brant (1591-1626). The painting was lent to the 1857 Manchester Exhibition by Queen Victoria (1819-1901), and remains in the Royal Collection (RCIN 400118). The work is currently on display at Hampton Court.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640) (artist)

  • 22.9 x 16.3 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Textile Fibres
          • Lace
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings
          • Paintings-Dutch school