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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Prince Albert (1819-1861)


Hand-coloured daguerreotype | 8.6 x 6.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2932487

Hand-coloured daguerreotype of Prince Albert, seated and facing partly right. His hands rest on his lap and he is wearing a beige jacket and a dark brown waistcoat. The background is painted blue with white clouds and the daguerreotype is mounted under glass.

Prince Albert was an early enthusiast of photography and closely followed the development of the medium. In February 1847 Kilburn showed examples of his coloured daguerreotypes, made by adding fine coloured powders to the photographic plate, to the Society of Arts. In 1848 Prince Albert commissioned a portrait using the new technique. This is one of two surviving hand-coloured daguerreotypes produced from the sitting.
  • Creator(s)

    William Edward Kilburn (1818-91) (photographer)


    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
  • 8.6 x 6.3 cm (image)

    8.8 x 6.4 cm (sight)

    14.7 x 12.3 x 0.6 cm (whole object)

  • Commissioned by Prince Albert in 1848

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs