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Glass plate negatives

Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Owing to Prince Albert (1819-61) and Queen Victoria’s (1819-1901) extensive commissioning of photographers, their collection includes a significant number of early nineteenth-century glass plate negatives.

The negatives are an important material record of early photographic processes and provide an insight into the working methods of photographers, including Roger Fenton (1819-69), Frances Sally Day (1816-92), Martin Laroche (1814-86) and Joseph Cundall (1818-95), and the early means of documenting works of art by photography. The negatives also reveal the editing and cataloguing process undertaken by photographers in association with the royal family. Where negatives have been scratched, it can be assumed the negative image was unfavourably received by the royal family. Numbers scratched into the plate reveal cataloguing systems undertaken by the royal family since the nineteenth century.

The collection of glass plate negatives includes intimate family portraits, views of royal residences and portraits of soldiers from the Crimea conflict and notable Victorian actors.

The works in this section:

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Prince Albert (1819-61)

Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

The Royal Family, Osborne

Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Maharajah Duleep Singh (1838-93)

Frances Sally Day (c. 1816-92)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Attributed to Frances Sally Day (c. 1816-92)

Dr Ernst Becker (1825-66)

Dudley Charles Fitzgerald, 24th Baron de Ros (1827-1907)

Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) with two women

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Victoria Alice and Mary Symon

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Group of Gillies

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Family group, Balmoral

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Royal Family group, Balmoral

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Group including Ernst Becker, Balmoral

William Bambridge (1820-79)

Snowdrop, Prince Leopold's cat

William Bambridge (1820-79)

Snowdrop, Prince Leopold's cat

William Bambridge (1820-79)

Snowdrop, Prince Leopold's cat

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The New Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Attributed to? Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Marguerite Stewart

Attributed to? Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Margaret Monroe, Balmoral

Attributed to? Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Jane Keir

Attributed to? Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Jane Keir

Attributed to? Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Annie Ratrey

Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Balmoral showing the new and old houses

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The new Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The new Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The River Dee

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Group of Ghillies, Balmoral

Cundall & Howlett

Corporal Courtenay

Attributed to Cundall & Howlett

Soldier at work

Cundall & Howlett

Sergeant William Knapp

Cundall & Howlett

Piper David Muir

Cundall & Howlett

Sergeant Carroll

Cundall & Howlett

Corporal James Sinn

Attributed to Cundall & Howlett

John Daniels and Robert Evans

Attributed to Cundall & Howlett

Thomas Walker and Joseph Conolly

Joseph Cundall (1819-95)

Ellen Tree (1805-80) as Hermione

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Group photograph with bust of Prince Albert

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Queen Victoria and Princess Alice with a bust of Prince Albert

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Queen Victoria and Princess Alice with a bust Prince Albert

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Queen Victoria and Princess Alice with bust of Prince Albert

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Queen Victoria and Princess Alice with bust of Prince Albert