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Glass plate negatives

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

W & D DOWNEY (ACTIVE 1855-1941)

John Brown (1826-83)


RCIN 2083315

Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of John Brown, personal servant to Queen Victoria. Brown is seated on a chair, facing three-quarters to the left and looking ahead. His face is captured in profile. He wears dark highland uniform and silver-edged sporran. He holds his cap in one hand.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A hand-coloured print from this negative exists in the Collection, RCIN 2914390. 

  • Creator(s)

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

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert