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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 Blue Boy'


Albumen print | 26.3 x 17.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2081507

Photograph of the painting 'The Blue Boy' by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). The painting is of a full length portrait of a boy, standing, facing towards the viewer. He wears historical dress and holds a hat in his right hand. He places his left hand on his hip.

At the time of the photograph the painting was in the collection of Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster (1825-99). The painting is now held by the Henry E. Huntington Art Gallery, California.

  • Creator(s)

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

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    After Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) (artist)

  • 26.3 x 17.5 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Hats
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings
          • Paintings-English school