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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Princess Helena (1846-1923) and Princess Louise, later Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)

Jun 1860

Albumen print | 7.6 x 5.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2900348

Photograph of a full length double portrait of Princess Louise, later Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939), and Princess Helena (1846-1923). Princess Louise, on the left, stands facing towards the camera. She looks downwards, to the left. She places her left arm around her sister's shoulders and holds a flower in the right hand. Princess Helena is seated, facing slightly towards the left. She looks ahead, away from the camera. She holds a book open with both hands on her lap. The sisters pose between two plinths. The sisters are dressed in a similar fashion.

  • Creator(s)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

  • Princefs Helena and Princefs Louise./ June.1860./ Mayall.

  • 7.6 x 5.1 cm (image)

    31.0 x 24.7 cm (page dimensions)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert