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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Theodore Brunell (1822-61)

HRH the Prince's Jagers, McDonald and Cowley, his Head Keeper Turner and some of the other Keepers and Beaters Feb 1852

Daguerreotype | 11.1 x 14.8 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2932498

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Daguerreotype of a group of men, including the gamekeepers Mr McDonald and Mr Cowley, gathered in front of a wall of Windsor Castle. Most of the men are wearing top hats and many are carrying guns or sticks. The daguerreotype is mounted under glass. Brunell was invited to Windsor Castle at the beginning of 1852 to photograph the royal family. He spent almost three weeks making portraits of the royal children, and also took a number of photographs of the gamekeepers. McDonald and Cowley had originally been employed at Balmoral but by 1848 were working at Windsor, with McDonald in charge of the kennels. Both men were photographed on several occasions over the following years and their portraits appear in the personal albums of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who as well as collecting portraits of their own family commissioned photographs of their staff.
  • Creator(s)

    Theodore Brunell (1822-61) (photographer)

    Edward Cowley (1817-93)
    McDonald, Royal Household, Jaeger (fl.1852)
    James Turner
  • 11.1 x 14.8 cm (image) (image)

    18.1 x 21.6 cm (frame) (frame, external)

  • Prince Albert’s two Jägers, MacDonald and Cowley, his Head Keeper Turner and some of the other Keepers and Beaters

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs