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


'François Ier as St Thomas. Enamel by Léonard Limosin'

c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864518

Photograph of a Limoges enamel plaque of St Thomas from the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR XIII suppl. 211). Created around 1550 and attributed to Léonard Limosin (c.1506-1577), the full-length portrait depicts the saint standing and facing to the left, his torso turned to the viewer. A cloak is wrapped around his body as he holds a carpenter's square in his left hand. The work is framed by an enamelled decorative frieze, including the royal cypher of king Henri II of France (1519-1559).

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


    After? Limosin, Léonard (artist)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert