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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


Leda and the Swan

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864407

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1507) now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 912759). The drawing is a copy of Leonardo's composition of 'Leda and the Swan'. A facsimile of the drawing, etched by Lewis and included in 'Original Designs of the Most Celebrated Masters of the Bolognese, Roman Florentine and Venetian Schools ... in His Majesty's collection' (1812) can be found at RCIN 851705.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851704) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 17 (970576)
  • Creator(s)

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

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Fiction
          • Tales & legends
            • Myths
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.156, no.98

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London
    pp.57-9, no.12

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London
    no. 0789