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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


      Queen Victoria and Queen Augusta of Prussia


      Albumen print | 10.4 x 6.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2418608

      Photograph of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Queen Augusta of Prussia (1811-90) in a garden. They sit in opposite directions on a wicker conversation bench. Queen Victoria is sitting in right side profile, wearing a dark-coloured dress and headdress. Her right arm rests on the arm of the bench. A light-coloured parasol is propped up against the bench behind her. The Queen of Prussia sits on the right of the photograph, facing three-quarters left. She is wearing a dark-coloured dress and a bonnet, which is tied underneath her chin with a wide ribbon. She is reading from a book and has a bunch of flowers on her lap. 

      Photograph contained in an envelope marked A. (Silvy).
      • Creator(s)

        W & D Downey: 9 Eldon Square, Newcastle on Tyne (photographer)

      • 10.4 x 6.2 cm (whole object)

      • A label on a brass tablet (RCIN 55344) suggests that the photograph was 'always placed on the Queen's writing table'

      • Subject(s)
        • Philosophy & Psychology
          • Psychology
            • Physical and Mental Activities
              • Reading (activity)
        • Science, Medicine and Technology
          • Industries, Crafts and Trades
            • Travel Goods
              • Umbrellas
          • Home economics
            • Furniture & accessories
              • Seating. Chairs
                • Benches