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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

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Jan Frans Portaels (1818-95) 1860

Albumen print | 8.6 x 5.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2913523

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Photograph of a full length portrait of Jean François Portaels standing, facing front. He is posed with his right hand in his trouser pocket and his left hand holding a cane. A pair of glasses hang on a ribbon round his neck.

Portaels was a Belgian orientalist painter and director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He was a very prolific and influential artist in Belgium. There is a pair of paintings of Silican women in the Royal Collection by him (RCIN 406231 and 406232).
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Jan Frans Portaels (1818-95)
  • annotation: Jean François Portraits. 1860. [beneath work]
  • 8.6 x 5.3 cm (image)

    9.6 x 6.3 cm (mount)

    22.8 x 17.5 cm (page dimensions)

  • Jean François Portaels, 1860 [in Photographs. Artists' Portraits. Volume 79]

  • Acquired by Prince Albert

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