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


Head and hands of a male figure


Albumen print | 26.5 x 19.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2864166

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1502-03) formerly in the Wicar Museum, Lille and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.Pl 440). The drawing is a study for the figure of St Thomas, looking upwards and holding the girdle, in the 'Coronation of the Virgin', the main panel of the so-called 'Oddi Altarpiece' (or 'Pala Oddi') executed by Raphael in c.1502-03 and now in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican City (inv. no.334). Photographs of the 'Coronation of the Virgin' at RCINs 851349, 851350, 851351.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851361) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 14 (970573)

  • Creator(s)

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

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


    Saint Thomas
  • 26.5 x 19.8 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.144, no.47r

    Knab/Mitsch/Oberhuber 1983 : Raffaello. I disegni 1983 : I disegni. (Catalogo dei Disegni a cura di Oberhuber, Ferino Pagden, Huber), Florence 1983
    p.586, no.47

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    pp.178-9, no.514r