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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


A head of a Child


Albumen print | 10.2 x 7.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2864157

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1504-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.464).

Ruland (1876) connected the drawing with the figure of the Christ Child in the so-called ‘Large Cowper Madonna’ (1508), a painting by Raphael now in the National Gallery, Washington DC (inv. no.25). The drawing is now generally associated with different Raphael’s Madonnas, including the ‘Large Cowper Madonna’ and the ‘Mackintosh Madonna’ (see RCINs 850810 and 850839).

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850812) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 9 (970568)

  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • 10.2 x 7.9 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • People
      • Children
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    p. 182, no. 524

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 202, no. 276