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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Unknown Person

Group of Grooms with the little pony Webster taken at the Mews, Buckingham Palace May 1848

Daguerreotype | 9.1 x 14.3 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2932499

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Daguerreotype of a group of men and children gathered around a pony, standing by the main doors of the Royal Mews. At the centre of the group, a man kneels besides the pony. The pony faces left and rests its front left foot on his knee. To the left of the doorway a man stands on a ladder with his right hand in his pocket. The daguerreotype is mounted under glass.

In 1848 at least five daguerreotypes were made at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace by an unknown photographer. Of these, only two appear to have survived. Queen Victoria recorded in her journal on the 31st of May 1848 that she '… went to the stables to see the horses daguerotyped, which really was curious, particularly to see how badly the horses placed themselves, when they had to stand still'.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

  • 9.1 x 14.3 cm (image) (image)

    17.4 x 21.4 cm (frame) (frame, external)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster [London]
                  • Buckingham Palace
                    • The Royal Mews [Buckingham Palace]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
            • Ponies
              • Webster (pony)