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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

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Zohrab and other horses taken at the Mews, Buckingham Palace 1848

Daguerreotype | 10.5 x 13.6 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2932500

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Daguerreotype of three men mounted on horses by the main doors of the Royal Mews. One man is mounted directly in front of the large doors facing slightly right, with the other men on either side of the door. There is also an unmounted pony to the left. The daguerreotype is mounted under glass and has a long diagonal crack. In 1848 at least five daguerreotypes were made at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace by an unknown photographer. Of these, only two appear to have survived. Queen Victoria recorded in her journal on the 31st of May 1848 that she ‘… went to the stables to see the horses daguerotyped, which really was curious, particularly to see how badly the horses placed themselves, when they had to stand still’.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

  • 10.5 x 13.6 cm (image) (image)

    17.6 x 20.9 cm (frame, external)

  • Zohrab and other horses of the Princes, taken at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Buckingham Palace
                    • The Royal Mews [Buckingham Palace]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
            • Zohrab (Prince Albert's Horse)