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


'Anne de Montmorency. Enamel by Léonard Limosin'

c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864520

Photograph of a Limoges enamel plaque of Anne, Duke de Montmorency (1493-1567) from the collection of the Louvre, Paris (N 1254). Created in 1556 by Léonard Limosin (c.1506-1577), the bust-length portrait depicts the bearded High Constable facing slightly to the left and looking at the viewer. He wears a fur-lined cloak over a jerking, and beret on his head. A pendant of the Order of St Michel hangs from his neck. The work is enclosed in a ornately carved gilded frame including eight enamel plaques decorated with medallions, satyrs and masks.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


    After Limosin, Léonard (artist)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Genealogy and Heraldry
      • Orders (honour)
        • Order of St Michael (France)