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Exhibitions and records of works of art

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




Albumen print? | RCIN 2865062

Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, a 1858 version of which is now at the Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris (Inv. no. 99.2). The half-length portrait depicts John Calvin (1509-1564) seated at his desk and facing to the left. He wears a flat hat and coat trimmed with fur. He holds a quill pen in his right hand, whilst his left hand is resting on an open volume that leans against two books laid on the desk.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert