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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


John Gibson (1790-1866)


Albumen print | 22.8 x 17.5 cm (page dimensions) | RCIN 2913513

Photograph of a full-length portrait of John Gibson, standing, facing slightly towards the right. He poses with his right arm on plinth and his legs crossed.

Gibson was a Welsh Neo-classical sculptor who lived mostly in Italy. There are a number of his sculptures in the Royal Collection, particularly of Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra when Princess of Wales (RCINs 2023, 2071, 2078), and a relief of Cupid and Psyche (RCIN 41062). On his death he bequeathed all his property and the contents of his studio to the Royal Academy, where his marbles and casts still remain.
  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi, Blanford & Co (photographer)

  • J. Gibson. R.A. 1860.

  • 22.8 x 17.5 cm (page dimensions)

    9.6 x 6.2 cm (mount)

    8.8 x 5.6 cm (image)

  • John Gibson, R.A., 1860 [in Photographs. Artists' Portraits. Volume 79]

  • Acquired by Prince Albert