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Glass plate negatives

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


Ernst Leopold, Prince of Leiningen (1830-1904)

May 1858

Wet collodion negative | RCIN 2079417

Glass plate negative of a three-quarter length portrait of Ernest, Prince of Leiningen (1830-1904). The prince is standing, facing slightly to the right and looking towards the camera. He wears a naval uniform decorated with a row of medals and holds a cap in one hand and a sword in the other.

The Prince was the son of Queen Victoria's maternal half-brother.

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 2906738).
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Previously attributed to Unknown Person (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Naval Uniforms