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Glass plate negatives

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


Glenelg, Clydesdale Stallion at Osborne

Jun 1855

RCIN 2083059

Glass plate negative a full length portrait of a Clydesdale stallion, standing in profile facing right. An attendant stands beside the horse, on the right, holding a rope attached to the horse's reins. The horse stands on a gravel path. There is a lawned area and trees in the background. Photograph taken at Osborne.

Following the purchase of Osborne House in 1845, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert acquired several neighbouring farms, including Barton Manor Farm, which eventually increased the size of the estate to more than 2600 acres. The Prince was keenly interested in new farming methods and set about developing the estate to its full advantage. A new range of farm buildings included stalls for the thirteen horses, mostly Clydesdales, which worked on the estate in teams. A prize winning stallion was kept there at stud.

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 2800743.

  • Creator(s)

    William Bambridge (1820-79) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
            • Glenelg (Horse)
            • Stallions
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Isle of Wight [England]
              • Osborne Estate [Isle of Wight]
                • Osborne House