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Glass plate negatives

Albert and Victoria’s collection of glass plate negatives show photographers’ working methods


Charlotte, Viscountess Canning (1817-61)


RCIN 2084871

Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of Charlotte, Viscountess Canning seated in an armchair, facing three-quarters to the left. She looks down at a book she holds open on her lap. She holds a flower in her hand.

From 1842 to 1855, Lady Canning served as a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria. She moved to Calcutta in 1856 upon her husband's appointment Governor-General of India.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A print from this negative exists in the Collection, RCIN 2906650.
  • Creator(s)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert