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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'La martyre' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160820

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Photograph of a painting by Paul Delaroche, completed around 1855 and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (Inv. no. RF 1038). It is believed that its concept was inspired by a dream the artist had in 1853, in which a young woman, who refused to convert from Christianity, was sentenced to death by being cast into the River Tiber with her hands bound. Accordingly, the work depicts a drowned female figure floating in the water in supine position. Her hands are bound crossed in front of her, while a halo hovers over her head. In the background, a boat is moored at the shore and a couple is observing from an elevation.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Physiography
        • Rivers
          • Rivers of Italy
            • River Tiber [Italy]