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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

After George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

"The Hard", Portsmouth, from the Harbour 1883 after an original of 1860

Carbon print | 7.8 x 7.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2320196

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Photograph of 'The Hard' in Portsmouth with a barge in the foreground and a harbour behind on which boats are moored. In the background are buildings along the sea front, including a building with a sign reading 'hotel'.

The Hard is in an area of Portsmouth known as Portsea which was originally known as Portsmouth Common. It is thought that the Hard came to be named due to the clay that was deposited on the coastline at low tide which was rolled and dried until hard in order to create a slipway. This photograph is a carbon copy of the original albumen photograph. Carbon was a process that was less susceptible to fading, unlike the original albumen that was prone to discolouration over time.
  • Creator(s)

    After George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (photographer)

  • 7.8 x 7.3 cm (image)

    17.2 x 13.0 cm (mount)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Hampshire [England]
              • Portsmouth [Hampshire]
                • Portsmouth Harbour [Portsmouth]
                • Portsea [Hampshire]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Waterway engineering
          • Harbours
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Boats
            • Barges