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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-69)

'Sacking a Village in Winter'; Massacre of the Innocents c.1863-5

Albumen print | 6.9 x 9.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2373697

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Photograph of the painting 'Massacre of the Innocents' (RCIN 405787). The painting refers to St Matthew’s Gospel: after hearing from the wise men of the birth of Jesus, King Herod ordered that all children in Bethlehem under the age of two should be murdered. In the painting, the story is relocated to a Flemish town. After the painting's creation the slaughtered youth were over painted with details of livestock and goods.

Photograph is from a folder of photographs of paintings and artworks displayed in Prince Albert's (1819-61) rooms. This painting was displayed in lobbies beside the Blue Room, Windsor Castle, where Prince Albert died. The Blue Room was subsequently referred to as The Albert Room.

  • Creator(s)

    After Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-69) (artist)

  • annotation: (6.)/ Lobbies North and South of/ the "Albert Room." [upper mount]
    annotation: [above work] Sacking a Village in Winter [below work] Oil on Panel. 3 ft 7 1/4 in x 5 ft 2 1/4 in [around photograph]
  • 6.9 x 9.9 cm (image)

    28.0 x 34.4 cm (mount)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • People
      • Children
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees & Shrubs
      • Earth sciences
        • Meteorology
          • Snow
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses