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Glass plate negatives

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


Maharajah Duleep Singh (1838-93)

23 - 23 Aug 1854

Wet collodion negative | RCIN 2083806

Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of Maharajah Duleep Singh. He is posed beside a doorway on the Lower Terrace, Osborne House.

Following the annexation of the Punjab by the British East India Company, Maharajah Duleep Singh was initially given a pension and provided with a guardian, Dr John Login, before being brought to England in April 1854. He met Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace in July of that year and also stayed with the Royal Family at Osborne House.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A print of this works exists in the Collection, RCIN 2906553.

  • Creator(s)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Isle of Wight [England]
              • Osborne Estate [Isle of Wight]
                • Osborne House
                  • Lower Terrace [Osborne House]
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Costume-Asia
            • Costume-India