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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

'Specimens from Marlborough House 1854' 1853-54

Green canvas and black leather bound album | 24.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm (album) | RCIN 2800158

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Album containing 84 photographs (RCINs 2800160-2800241) of objects displayed in the museum at Malborough House. The album contains a manuscript title page and a contents list. Many of the objects depicted in the album are now part of the Victoria and Albert Museum collection. A selection remain in the Royal Collection.

This photograph album contains what are probably the first professional photographs taken by Francis Bedford. In 1853, Bedford was asked by Henry Cole to document works of art in the art museum at Marlborough House (the forerunner of the South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria and Albert Museum, London). The photographs were subsequently copied as lithographs and published a few years later.

  • Creator(s)

    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

    Victoria & Albert Museum [London]
  • 24.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm (album)

  • Photographs commissioned by Henry Cole. Acquired subsequently by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
      • printed & manuscript material
        • books
          • book: all edges gilt
          • book: binding
            • book: binding with gold tooling
          • book: half leather bound
            • book: half leather bound in morocco
              • book: half leather bound in blue morocco
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster [London]
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Buildings for educational, scientific & cultural purposes
          • Museums

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