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Memorial works

Following Albert’s premature death, Victoria commissioned the creation of photographs and decorative objects that memorialised her beloved husband


Obelisk at Balmoral erected by the Tenantry & others in memory of the Prince Consort.

1883 after an 1865 original

Carbon print | 8.1 x 7.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2620011

Photograph of an obelisk on the Balmoral estate. The obelisk is positioned at the end of a path, bordered by a garden. There is a forested area surrounding the obelisk and garden.

The obelisk was erected in 1862 in memory of Prince Albert (1819-61) who died in December 1861. This photograph is a later carbon copy of the original albumen photograph. Carbon was a process that was less susceptible to fading, unlike an albumen print that is prone to discolouration over time.

  • Creator(s)

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

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (photographer)

  • 8.1 x 7.1 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Estate [Aberdeenshire]
                • Prince Albert's Obelisk [Balmoral Estate]