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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Copy letter from Dr. Ernst Becker to Senator Culemann in response to the latter's letter confirming that the drawing of the Resurrection attributed to Raphael in the Kestner collection in Hanover is the one of which the Prince Consort would like a photogr

28 Dec 1859

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/437

Dr. Ernst Becker writes that Mr Gordon, the British envoy to Hanover, has sent him Senator Culemann's letter (see VIC/ADDA10/85/436), and in response to the information it contained, Becker states that the (preparatory) drawing of the Resurrection for the plinth painting (Sockelbild) in the Stanze [Becker uses the word 'Logen', i.e. the Loggias, but probably by mistake as Culemann's letter refers to the Stanze] which the Senator described is indeed the one of which the Prince Consort wished to have a photograph. Becker believes he may have mistakenly referred to a drawing of the Last Supper, instead of the Resurrection, in his letter to Mr Gordon about the drawing.

The question now is whether the drawing can be photographed. In England, where many Old Master drawings have been photographed, this has been done successfully even when the paper was very dark brown. Becker does not know whether photographers in Hanover have much experience of this kind of work, but Senator Culemann will no doubt know best what can be achieved, and the Prince, who thanks him for his willingness to help, wishes to leave this entirely in the Senator's hands. He already possesses a copy of the photograph of the Last Supper in St Onofrio (which Culemann had offered to give him in his letter).

Related Material: For related correspondence, see VIC/ADDA10/85/436.
  • Creator(s)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

    (writer) [28 December 1859]

  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)