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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Note by the photographer Joseph Albert accompanying his photographs of a painting in the collection of Count Schönborn at Schloss Weissenstein.

3 Apr 1861

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (2 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/483

Joseph Albert writes that because of the age of the original oil painting the dark areas are very much dulled. Permission was refused to paint it over with water or a harmless varnish before the photograph was taken, so apart from the light areas of flesh very little detail, and in the dark areas none at all, came out in the unretouched photograph which Albert encloses. In order, however, to produce a faithful reproduction of what photography could not show, the senior painter in Albert's studio has retouched a photograph exactly in accordance with the original, and this also is enclosed.

See VIC/ADDA10/85/378-9 for earlier correspondence about this commission, and VIC/ADDA10/85/429 for Joseph Albert's letter agreeing to photograph the painting.

Related Material: For related correspondence, see VIC/ADDA10/85/429, VIC/ADDA10/85/378 and VIC/ADDA10/85/379.
  • Creator(s)

    Joseph Albert (1825-86) (writer)

    Carl Ruland (1834-1907) (addressee)

  • 1 document (2 pages) (whole object)

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          • correspondence