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Selection of Prince Albert’s personal records spanning the period 1828-58

Collecting Photographs

In addition to his collection of photographs, Prince Albert’s (1819-61) engagement with photography is demonstrated by this collection of selected material held in the Royal Archives.

Privy Purse bills and receipts illustrate Prince Albert and Queen Victoria’s (1819-61) commissioning of photographers and purchases from commercial photographic enterprises, as well as money spent on buying photographic equipment and installing dark rooms at royal residences. This spending is further documented in the 1853-1860 Privy Purse ledger that notably lists purchases of photographs under ‘Fine Arts’.

The royal couple’s passion for photography clearly transferred to their children. The Prince of Wales’ (1841-1910) diary entries and Prince Alfred’s (1844-1900) Privy Purse receipts indicate their practical interest, whereas Prince Albert’s translated and transcribed correspondence with his daughter Princess Victoria of Prussia (1840-1901), reveals their regular sharing of photographs and views on art and photography.

King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)

Diary of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales

King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)

Diary of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Translations of letters from Albert, Prince Consort to Marie, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Letter from Prince Alfred to his parents regarding his activities