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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 Virgin and Child


Albumen print | 10.8 x 12.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2864153

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) currently in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.455). The drawing has been associated with a number of Virgin and Child compositions painted by Raphael between 1507 and 1512, including the so-called 'Garvagh Madonna' (see RCIN 850880).

This drawing is on the verso of a sheet depicting other studies for a Virgin and Child: see RCIN 850749 for a photograph of the recto.

The photograph shows the three-quarter length Virgin, seated, holding the Christ Child on her lap, who reaches for His mother's veil with His left hand while looking up at her; framed with lines.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851257) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 13 (970572)

  • Creator(s)

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

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


    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 10.8 x 12.5 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
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Veils
    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.269v

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    p.189, no.539v