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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Mort d'Élisabeth' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160754

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Photograph of a painting by Paul Delaroche, created in 1827 and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (Inv. no. 3836). Inspired by the death of Elizabeth I (1533-1603), the work shows the ailing queen lying on a makeshift bed on the floor. Three female attendants appear behind her; (from left to right) one covers her face with her hands, another adjusts the queen’s pillows, the third clasps her hands in prayer. Sir Robert Cecil (1563-1612), then Secretary of State, kneels beside the queen and extends his right hand towards her. He is accompanied by members of the Privy Council, who stand in the background, to the left.

  • Creator(s)

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

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
    Sir Robert Cecil
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs