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Glass plate negatives

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


McHardy, Shepherd

Oct 1857

RCIN 2082954

Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of the shepherd McHardy. He stands facing a quarter to the right and looks ahead, away from the camera. He wears Highland dress, including glengarry. Photograph taken at an outdoor location at Balmoral.

A John McHardy (service no. 848) served in the 93rd Highlanders during the Crimean war. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, recommended by his commanding officer on 8 January 1855.

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 2906672.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Costume-Great Britain
            • Costume-Scotland
              • Scottish Highland Dress
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)