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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


Studies for a Virgin and Child


Albumen print | 15.9 x 11.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2864154

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.436). The drawing has been connected by Ruland (1876) to Rapahel's so-called ‘Mackintosh Madonna’ (c.1509-11) now in the National Gallery, London (inv. no.NG 2069). It is now generally associated with another Virgin and Child painting by Raphael, the so-called ‘Aldobrandini Madonna’ (see RCIN 850880).

Showing the seated figure of the Virgin holding the Christ Child in her lap (centre) and a study for the left hand of the Virgin in the act of breastfeeding (upper right).

A copy of this print (RCIN 850845) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 9 (970568)

  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)


    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 15.9 x 11.1 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.200, no. 270

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    p. 190, no. 540