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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) May 1860

Albumen print | 7.6 x 5.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2900285

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Photograph of a full length double portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Princess Beatrice (1857-1944). Queen Victoria is seated, facing slightly to right, with Princess Beatrice seated on her lap. Queen Victoria looks at the princess, who looks towards the camera.

Queen Victoria is pictured with Princess Beatrice, then aged three, her fifth daughter and last of nine children. Mayall also took photographs of other members of the Royal Family, many of which were published as cartes-de-visite. These were popular as their small format and relative cheapness meant that the general public could, for the first time, afford to buy royal portraits for their own homes.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg (1857-1944)
  • annotation: The Queen and Princefs Beatrice/ May. 1860.  [beneath work]
  • 7.6 x 5.1 cm (image)

    31.0 x 24.7 cm (page dimensions)

  • The Queen and Princess Beatrice, May 1860 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.4 1859-1860]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs