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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


'Miss Helen Faucit'

Albumen print | 35.6 x 21.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2081529

Photograph of a painting of a portrait of the actress Helena Faucit (1814-98) by Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900). The painting depicts Faucit full length, standing, facing the camera. She turns her head three-quarters to the right and gazes ahead. She places her right hand on a stand beside her. Faucit wears a full length, classical-inspired gown and carries a laurel crown in her left hand.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), who was married to Faucit. Martin bequeathed the painting to the National Galleries Scotland, where it is currently held.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900) (artist)

  • 35.6 x 21.1 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings