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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'Henry the second of France. Enamel by Léonard Limosin' c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864523

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Photograph depicting an enamelled portrait roundel showing Henri II (1519-59) in profile. The piece was created in the early sixteen century and is now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (ML 141). Crowned with laurel, the French king wears an elaborately decorated plate armour with a medallion on his chest (perhaps of the Order of St Michel), indicative of his royal status.

The medallion was set in the top of a tall cabinet in the nineteenth century (MR R 60).