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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert, the Prince Consort (1819-61)


Albumen print, carte-de-visite | 8.7 x 5.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2907745

Photograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria stands on the right of the photograph, looking down at a book on Prince Albert's lap. Prince Albert is seated, his legs crossed, looking up at the Queen. He holds a book open on his right knee.

This carte-de-visite was one of several issued by Mayall in Spring 1860 as part of his 'Royal Album', a set of portraits of the Royal Family available for sale to the public. It was the first time that the Queen had permitted cartes-de-visite of her family to be publicly distributed.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 8.7 x 5.6 cm (image)

    9.6 x 6.2 cm (mount)

    23.1 x 18.2 cm (page dimensions)

    24.3 x 19.8 x 5.5 cm (album)

  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. [Album: Photographs. Royal Portraits, vol.47]

  • Acquired by Prince Albert, the Prince Consort