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


Head of a woman


Albumen print | 29 x 21.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2864158

A photograph of a drawing formerly in the Wicar Museum, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.487). The drawing connects with the figure of the Virgin in the so-called ‘La Perla’, a painting now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (inv. no.301) generally ascribed to Giulio Romano (c.1518-19), possibly after a design by Raphael. The drawing reproduced in this print is now generally thought to be a copy after either a preparatory drawing/cartoon for the painting, or after the painting itself. For a photograph of the painting, see RCIN 851004.

Showing the head and shoulders of a woman, with a cloth wrapped around her head, looking down to the left.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851012) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 11 (970570)

  • Creator(s)

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

    After? The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

  • 29 x 21.5 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • 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
    p. 199, no. 558

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520
    pp. 183-189, no. 64