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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Copy letter from Charles Ruland to Robert Bingham, photographer in Paris, acknowledging receipt of his photographs of Raphael drawings, asking for clarification of some of them and for information about more drawings from the Louvre, and about other drawi

23 Jan 1860

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (8 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/235

Ruland states that he has received the photographs which Bingham sent to his predecessor Dr Becker (see VIC/ADDA10/85/234). Most seem to be from the Louvre, but Ruland has been unable to identify some. He lists these, as numbered on the envelopes:

11. Untitled drawing
18. Arabesques
22. Christ at Emmaus
23. Head of a woman
27. Two prophets & an angel
28. Head of a woman
31. Unknown subject

- and asks who they belong to and whether all are ascribed to Raphael, and whether No. 30, Faith & Charity, represents the whole drawing. He asks for information about three drawings in the Louvre which the Prince wished to have photographed but which Bingham has not sent: 1. Study on grey paper for La Madonna della Gatta at Venice; 2. Head of a man looking upwards, on the reverse of another showing a saint seated; 3. The judgment of Paris. He asks whether there is a catalogue of the drawings at the Louvre; if so, he wishes Bingham to send him a copy.

Ruland refers to a drawing belonging to Mr Poynter of which Bingham has sent a photograph; he understands that Poynter has another Raphael drawing, 'La Vierge au Donataire', and the Prince would like this photographed too. He presumes Becker gave Bingham a list of drawings belonging to Messrs Reiset, Gatteaux, Canonge, Piscatore and others which the Prince would like photographed; if not, Ruland will send it to him. He hopes Bingham has recovered, and looks forward to receiving photographs of the 54 drawings in the Wicar collection at Lille.

Related Material: For related correspondence, see VIC/ADDA10/85/234.
  • Creator(s)

    Ruland, Charles (writer) [26 January 1860]

    Bingham, Robert J. (addressee)

  • 1 document (8 pages) (whole object)