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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


'The Andalusia letter writer'; The Letter-Writer of Seville


Albumen print | 17.1 x 21.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2081450

Photograph of the painting 'The Letter-Writer of Seville' by John Phillip (1817-67). A man sits at a table, positioned outside on a street corner, his back facing the viewer. He cups his left ear with his left hand to listen to a woman seated beside him, on the left. The man is shown dictating a letter. On the right, a woman and child stand, waiting. The woman holds a letter and a child.

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) lent this painting to the 1857 Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. The painting remains in the Royal Collection (RCIN 401188).

  • Creator(s)

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

    After John Phillip (1817-67) (artist)

  • 17.1 x 21.4 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Organisation
      • Form of documents
        • Correspondence
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Psychology
        • Physical and Mental Activities
          • Writing
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Tables
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Spain
          • Andalucia [Spain]
            • Seville [Spain]
    • Children