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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Jabez Hughes (1819-84)

Photographs. Artists' Portraits. Volume 79. c.1860-61

Leather-bound album containing 33 albumen prints | 24.0 x 20.0 x 4.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2913500

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Burgundy full leather bound album containing photographs (RCINs 2913501-2913533). The album has deep pink watered silk on inside covers, four raised bands on spine and all edges are gilt. The photographs, except those on page nine, were collected and arranged by the Prince Albert.

Collecting cartes-de-visite was a craze of the mid-nineteenth century that was also embraced by members of the royal family. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic admirers of photography and eager collectors of the medium. They enjoyed arranging photographs systematically in series of albums, such as this one, arranged by the Prince Consort and entirely dedicated to artists, including figures such as George Frederic Watts, John Gibson, Moritz von Schwind and Carl Haag.

  • Creator(s)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (photographer)

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    Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61) (compiler)

  • annotation: All the portraits in this Volume/ as far as this page/ were collected and arranged/ by/ His Royal Highess The Prince Consort/ -------- / 1860-61./ -------- [p. 8]
  • 24.0 x 20.0 x 4.8 cm (whole object)

    22.8 x 17.5 cm (page dimensions)

    48.2 x 50.0 cm (open, flaps raised, etc)

  • Photographs collected and arranged by Prince Albert between 1860-1861, except for the last page.

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          • book: doublures

Jabez Hughes (1819-84)

John Phillip (1817-67)

Caldesi, Blanford & Co

Ludwig Gruner (1801-82)

Caldesi, Blanford & Co

John Gibson (1790-1866)

Unknown Person

Unnamed gentleman

Caldesi, Blanford & Co

John Prescott Knight (1803-81)

Unknown Person

Van Louis