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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Double portrait of unknown man

c. 1855

Stereoscopic daguerreotype | 6.8 x 5.8 cm (each image) (image) | RCIN 2932502

Stereoscopic daguerreotype of an unknown man. The image shows a young man standing looking right with his left hand in his pocket and his right arm slightly raised. He is wearing a waistcoat and jacket and the back of an ornate chair can be seen behind him to the left. The two images are set beside each other in a slide, which is housed in a rectangular black leather case. Stereoscopic daguerreotypes were developed to give the illusion of a three dimensional image. This was done by viewing two identical images side by side, which the brain then combines to give the illusion of depth.
  • Creator(s)

    Antoine François Jean Claudet (1797-1867) (photographer)

  • 6.8 x 5.8 cm (each image) (image)

    8.4 x 17.4 cm (slides)

    8.7 x 17.7 x 7.0 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert