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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Unknown Person

Guillaume Geefs (1805-83) 1860

Albumen print | 8.5 x 5.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2913515

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Photograph of a full length portrait of Guillaume Geefs standing, facing slightly to the left. He holds a hat in his right hand and rests his left hand on the back of a chair. A coat is placed on the chair.

Geefs was one of seven brothers in a family of Belgian sculptors. Two of his brothers, Joseph and Jean, were awarded the Prix de Rome in 1836 and 1846 respectively. There are a number of sculptures by Jean and Guillaume Geefs in the Royal Collection. Guillaume Geefs was Court Sculptor to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's uncle, King Leopold I of the Belgians. The photograph shows Guillaume Geefs, but was incorrectly labelled as being that of Jean Geefs, Guillaume's younger sibling.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Guillaume Geefs (1805-83)
    Jean Geefs (1825-60)
  • annotation: Jean Geefs. 1860. [beneath work]
  • 8.5 x 5.3 cm (image)

    9.6 x 6.2 cm (mount)

    22.8 x 17.5 cm (page dimensions)

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

  • Acquired by Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
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        • photographs
          • cartes-de-visite
    • People
      • Artists