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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


Leather case containing portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

circa 1855

Leather case containing ambrotype | 7.6 x 6.1 x 1.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 53247

Small maroon leather photograph case containing an ambrotype of a painting of Queen Victoria. The case is decorated with gilt lines on the outside and closed with a clasp. The case open to reveal a chased gilt metal frame containing the ambrotype on the left and a red, velvet interior on the right.  

The painting photographed depicts Queen Victoria at the opera by Edmund Thomas Parris. A drawing of the work exists in the Royal Collection, RCIN 917912.
  • Creator(s)

    After Edmund Thomas Parris (1793-1873) (artist)

    Unknown (photographer)

  • 7.6 x 6.1 x 1.6 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert