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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Silver Chasing by Gueyton 1854

Albumen print | 13.5 x 18.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800171

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Photograph of a silver casket decorated with an intricate leaf design and featuring a large central panel . The central panel depicts a classical interior with three male figures, on the left, and three female figures, towards the right. The central female figure holds a dagger in its scabbard with her left hand while keeping her right hand in a chest resting on a stool. The lid  for the casket is decorated with a sculpture of a partially naked, semi-reclining female figure with her hands behind her head adjusting her necklace. The key for the casket is visible in the lower right.

The panel depicts Achilles, dressed as a woman, revealing his masculine identity via his fascination for a sword. The sword was brought by Odysseus, with a selection of other gifts for women. Odysseus watches as Achilles holds up the sword.

This casket is now held by the Victoria and Albert museum.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 13.5 x 18.0 cm (image)

  • 'Silver Casket by Gueyton'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Metals
          • Silver
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Caskets