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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 1854

Albumen print | 10.9 x 11.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800169

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Photograph of a circular silver plaque, decorated with a laurel leaf border. The plaque depicts Actaeon, shown in the foreground on the far left, during his transformation into a stag as punishment for spying on the goddess Atermis as she bathed. The deity is shown towards  the centre of the image, in a pond, accompanied by other female figures.

In middle ground, Actaeon as a stag is killed by his own hounds. Classical ruins, a town and a river between mountains are visible in the background.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 10.9 x 11.8 cm (image)

  • 'Silver Chasing'

  • 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
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Fauns (mythical creatures)