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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


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

c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864523

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). 

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert