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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


'Philip 2nd and Velasquez'


Albumen print | 22.5 x 15.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2081514

Photograph of a painting depicting two men standing beside a large easel in an interior setting. The man on the right holds a painting palette.

At the time of the photograph, the men depicted in the painting were identified as the artist Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) and Philip II of Spain (1527-98). Based on the life dates of the artist and King, and the appearance of the man on the left, it is more likely the identity of the man on the left is Philip IV (1605-65). The painting was attributed to A. J. Herbert.

  • Creator(s)

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

    After A J Herbert (artist)

  • 22.5 x 15.6 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Artists