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After William Constable (1783-1861)

Prince Albert (1819-61) 1891 after an original of 1842

Carbon print | RCIN 2931356.b

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This photograph is a carbon print copy of an 1842 daguerreotype of Prince Albert. The original daguerreotype remains in the Royal Collection and is the earliest surviving photographic portraits taken of a member of the British royal family.

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria understood the propensity for early photographs to fade and therefore re-photographed many favoured works, including this daguerreotype.