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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Camille Silvy (1834-1910)

Folding portfolio containing portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 1859-61

Green leather portfolio, consisting of two folding triptych screens of red paste grained leather, each window outlined in gold and finished in blind, with mother of pearl clips, containing 54 albumen cartes-de-visite | 33.5 x 23.4 cm (whole) (whole object) | RCIN 2914920

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Green leather portfolio, consisting of two folding triptych screens of red paste grained leather, each window outlined in gold and finished in blind, with mother of pearl clips, containing 54 albumen cartes-de-visite (RCINs 2914921-2914971 plus 2105656, 2105659 and 2105653).

In the 1850s the Queen became an enthusiastic sitter to and collector of carte-de-visite portraits. These small photographs, mounted on card, were produced in large numbers. They would then be distributed among friends and family, and arranged in albums – all activities enjoyed by the Queen. In 1860 the Queen agreed to pose for cartes-de-visite for sale to the public. They proved immensely popular.

  • Creator(s)

    Camille Silvy (1834-1910) (photographer)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

    Frances Sally Day (c. 1816-92) (photographer)

    William Bambridge (1820-79) (photographer)

  • 33.5 x 23.4 cm (whole) (whole object)

    33.5 x 141 cm (album) (album)

    9.0 x 5.4 cm (print) (image)

  • Compiled by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert using photographs commissioned from JJ Mayall, Camille Silvy, William Bambridge and Frances Day

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
        • photographs
          • cartes-de-visite

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort

After Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

After Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

After Frances Sally Day (c. 1816-92)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

After Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

After Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)

Attributed to John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort, 1850s

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort