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Glass plate negatives

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


Leopold I, King of the Belgians (1790-1865)


RCIN 2082481

Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of Leopold I, King of the Belgians seated, facing three-quarters to the left. He holds a book in front of his body with his right hand and gazes down at the text. His left hand rests on a closed book placed on top of a table beside him. 

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 2907576.
  • Creator(s)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Psychology
        • Physical and Mental Activities
          • Reading (activity)