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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Letter from the British Minister in Madrid to Dr. Ernst Becker reporting that he has thanked the Duke of Alba on the Prince Consort's behalf, and sending the plates and photographs of three pictures in the Madrid Museum, together with the photographer's a

9 Dec 1858

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/316

Buchanan reports that he has conveyed the Prince Consort's thanks to the Duke of Alba for allowing his Raphael picture to be photographed. He sends a small box for the Prince containing the plates and photographs taken by Mr Clifford of three pictures in the Royal Museum in Madrid and the plate of the photograph of the Duke of Alba's picture, which was obtained from the photographer. He encloses two notes from Clifford (see VIC/ADDA10/85/317 and VIC/ADDA10/85/318) and Clifford's account, which he has paid.

Buchanan regrets the delay in carrying out the Prince' commission, caused by the difficulty of obtaining official confirmation of the verbal permission that had been given. He has heard that a similar favour was refused to the Duc de Montpensier.

A note by Becker at the end of the letter records his reply of 21 January 1859 thanking Buchanan and states that £15 was paid through the Foreign Office [to reimburse Buchanan for his payment to Clifford]; also a note to himself to send Buchanan the letter and parcel for Don Juan de Ortez de Zarrate (see Becker's note VIC/ADDA10/85/315).

Related Material: For related correspondence, see VIC/ADDA10/85/315, VIC/ADDA10/85/317 and VIC/ADDA10/85/318
  • Creator(s)

    Buchanan, Andrew; British Envoy to Denmark 1855-1858 (writer) [9 December [1858]]

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)


  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)