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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

After Sir William Ross (1794-1860)

Four daguerreotype portraits of Queen Victoria; Prince Albert; Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; Albert Edward, Prince of Wales c.1850

Daguerreotype | 3.9 x 7.5 x 11.7 cm (whole object) | RCIN 52507

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Wooden box with a metal inlay. In the centre of the lid is an oval gilt hinged second lid, engraved with a crown, which opens to reveal a daguerreotype after a painting of Prince Albert by Sir William Ross. Inside the lid of the box itself is a design showing the Rosenau at Coburg, with the initials 'E', 'VA', and 'AE' (Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; Albert Edward, Prince of Wales). In the main part of the box is a hinged shelf with a circular aperture in which is set a daguerreotype after a painting of Duke Ernest I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha: the shelf lifts up, and an oval daguerreotype after a painting of Queen Victoria by Sir William Ross is set into the back. In the floor of the box is set a daguerreotype after a painting of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, by F.X. Winterhalter.

  • Creator(s)

    After Sir William Ross (1794-1860) (artist)

    After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) (artist)

    Subject(s)
    Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1784-1844)
    Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)
    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
  • 3.9 x 7.5 x 11.7 cm (whole object)

  • First recorded in the Royal Collection during the reign of Queen Victoria