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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Interior of St Paul's Cathedral, London c. 1880 after an 1860 original

Carbon print | 7.6 x 6.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2320062

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Photograph of the interior of St Paul's Cathedral taken from the nave and looking towards the east, with the base of the dome visible in the middle ground. Chairs are erected in the background and two men stand on the left, against a pillar in the foreground.

The old cathedral of St Paul's was demolished during the 1670's following damage that it had received by the Great fire of London in 1666. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to re-design the building which was declared officially open on Christmas Day 1711. Wren drew inspiration for the design of the cathedral dome from St Peter's Basilica which he had visited in Rome. This is a later carbon print that was originally adhered over albumen print 2320055. The carbon process was less susceptible to light damage and carbon copies were sometimes adhered over the original albumen photograph. Albumen photographs were more prone to fade over time.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 7.6 x 6.5 cm (image)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Albert, Prince Consort between 1860 and 1861

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of London [London]
                  • St Paul's Cathedral [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Cathedrals