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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 head of a man


Albumen print | 11.8 x 10.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2864202

A photograph of a drawing probably by Raphael (c.1504-1505) now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no. 467). Annotated on the verso.

Joannides (see Bibliographic References) catalogued this drawing as by Raphael but raised the possibility that it could be a later drawing by a pupil. Many scholars do not accept the attribution to Raphael, as explained in the catalogue of the Italian drawings in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (see Bibliographic References).

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 854431) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 48 (970608)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

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

  • 11.8 x 10.2 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Medical sciences
        • Anatomy
          • Heads
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    pp.192-193, no. 547

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 152, no. 82