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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Unknown Person

Balkan soldiers c.1858

RCIN 2084011

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Glass plate negative of a full-length, group portrait of four armed men in a row. Three of them are standing and one sits on the ground. Their clothes seem to relate to the Balkans; the two figures on the left wear loose breeches, jackets with waistcoats, and tasselled caps, while the two on the right cloaks and pointed hats. It has been suggested that these are Montenegrin soldiers photographed in Cattaro (Kotor).

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative do not seem to exist in the Collection.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Balkans