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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Marie Stuart (derniere communion)' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160817

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Photograph of a drawing by Paul Delaroche, perhaps drafted as preparatory for a painting that was never executed. Inspired by the last communion of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-87), the work depicts the deposed queen in full-lenght, kneeling on a cushion and facing to the left. She places her palms on the alter in front of her and rests her head on her knuckles. She wears a veil and a floor-length dress. Two male attendants can be seen kneeling behind her, their hands clasped in prayer.

  • Creator(s)

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

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs