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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Prince Albert (1819-1861)


Hand-coloured glass slide | 9.3 x 17.4 cm (frame) (frame, external) | RCIN 2932489

Rectangular wooden frame containing a hand-coloured glass slide of Prince Albert. The half length portrait shows Prince Albert in profile facing right wearing a jacket and neck tie. The background is painted black. The glass is viewed through a circle cut into the wood and is left exposed on the reverse. 'The Prince Consort' is handwritten on two sides of the frame and '6 weeks before he died. Painted by himself' is written on the reverse.

This is a copy of a photograph taken by Duppa in May 1854. See RCIN 2906522 for a comparison with the original portrait.

Prince Albert was an early enthusiast of photography and closely followed the development of the medium. This is one of a number of early photographic portraits of him held in the collection.
  • Creator(s)

    Bryan Edward Duppa (1804-66) (photographer)

    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61) (artist)

    Carpenter & Westley (framemaker)


    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
  • 9.3 x 17.4 cm (frame) (frame, external)

    10.1 x 7.8 cm (slides)

  • 'The Prince Consort'; Prince Albert (1819-61)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs