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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

William Bambridge (1810-79)

A Private of the Royal Horse Guards Blue Mar 1855

Wet collodion negative | 16.1 x 12.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2082362

6.5" x 4 ¾" glass plate negative showing a member of the Royal Horse Guards, known as 'The Blues', facing front and holding a rifle almost horizontally. He stands on a path cutting through flat grassy terrain with a large bare tree in the middle ground and a fence running along one side of the path; other bare trees in the background.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative exist in the Collection (e.g. RCIN 2800727).
  • Creator(s)

    William Bambridge (1810-79) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Army-GB-Cavalry-Royal Horse Guards
  • 16.1 x 12.0 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
            • Firearms
              • Rifles
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Cavalry
          • Cavalry soldiers