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W & D Downey (active 1855-1941)

John Brown (1826-83) 1872

RCIN 2083314

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Glass plate negative of a three-quarters length portrait of John Brown, standing next to a chair in full Highland dress and ceremonial arms. He was a Scottish personal servant and favourite of Queen Victoria for many years until his death in 1883.

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 2931141.

  • Creator(s)

    W & D Downey (active 1855-1941) (photographer)

    John Brown (1826-83)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 

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