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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Household staff c. 1857

RCIN 2082964

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Glass plate negative of a full-length group portrait of (from right to left): Mr Ernst Becker (1826-88); Colonel Charles Phipps (1801-66); Miss MacDonald; Lady Churchill; George Leveson Gower (1815-91), the 2nd Earl of Granville and George Hamilton Gordon (1784-1860), the Earl of Aberdeen. The group are posed on open ground with 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 do not seem to exist in the Collection, however a variant from the same sitting is represented by RCIN 2160336.

  • Creator(s)

    Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s) (photographer)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)
    Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-66)
    Miss Macdonald
    Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville (1815-91)
    George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Castle [Aberdeenshire]