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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Letter from the British Chargé d'Affaires in Sweden to Dr. Ernst Becker regarding the Raphael drawings in Stockholm of which the Prince Consort wishes to have photographs.

18 Jul 1859

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/532

Erskine explains that Mr Paget has passed on to him the correspondence between General Grey and Sir Arthur Magenis about the Raphael drawings in the Gallery in Stockholm of which the Prince Consort wishes to have photographs. He will ask the photographer, Mr Hansen, to photograph the drawings and the picture ascribed to Mignard, as soon as he returns to Stockholm. Meanwhile he has been told by Mr Grubb, the Director of the Gallery, that Passavant accepted only 6 of the drawings as authentic works of Raphael, and they do not include the drawing mentioned by Magenis,' St Paul preaching before Festus'.

Erskine thought it best to mention this in case the Prince wished to avoid the expense of having the drawings of doubtful authenticity photographed. He lists the drawings accepted by Passavant, nos. 622-627: The Adoration of the Magi; pen sketches of several figures; St John the Evangelist in old age; a young man looking upwards; The Virgin with the Christ Child; Joseph kneeling before Pharaoh.

A note by Becker on the letter records his response on 27 July requesting photographs of all the drawings.
  • Creator(s)

    Edward Erskine (writer)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)


  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)

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      • printed & manuscript material
        • documents
          • correspondence