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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Bisson Fréres (1841-64)

Finsteraarhorn, Schreckhorn c. 1854

Albumen print | 50.5 x 183.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 503127

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Photograph of a panoramic view of the Alps in Switzerland. The view depicts Finsteraarhorn, the highest mountain in the Bernese Alps. The photograph comprises of three albumen prints joined together.

The work is the largest known photograph in the Royal Collection. Based on stamps and tags adhered to the verso, it is believed the photograph was displayed at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1855 and the 1857 Manchester Art Treasures exhibition. The latter is supported by material in the Manchester City Library noting the display of a six foot long photograph of the Alps, lent by Prince Albert, at the exhibition. Noting these dates, it is assumed Dr Ernst Becker bought the photograph during a trip to Paris in 1854 to purchase works for Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

The photograph is a significant work in terms of Prince Albert's collecting and interest in the medium of photography, as well as his involvement and patronage of the 1857 Manchester Exhibition.

  • Creator(s)

    Bisson Fréres (1841-64) (photographer)

  • 50.5 x 183.0 cm (whole object)

    90.0 x 221.0 cm (frame, external)

  • Acquired by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
          • The Alps (mountains)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Earth sciences
        • Meteorology
          • Snow