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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


Compositional and architectural studies


Albumen print | 32.5 x 20.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2864148

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.456r). This drawing features another study for the Virgin on the verso: see RCIN 850860 for a photograph of the verso.

The drawing at the centre of the sheet is a study for Raphael's so-called ‘Alba Madonna’, a painting now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24; see RCIN 850853.a for a photograph of the painting). The other sketches may relate to other Virgin and Child compositions by Raphael, possibly the ‘Madonna della Seggiola' (RCIN 850973) and the ‘Madonna della Tenda’ (RCIN 850987), but not directly connected with any known painting by the master. At upper right are some architectural studies.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850858) 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)


    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 32.5 x 20.5 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural studies
    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
    pp.191-192, no. 545

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 202, no. 278r

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520
    pp. 82-88, no. 50