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Glass plate negatives

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

    Memorial works

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's marriage lasted 21 years until his premature death in 1861. Throughout their lives together, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert collected and commissioned art to celebrate their relationship, family and shared history. In her enduring grief, Queen Victoria continued this tradition, regularly commissioning new photographs, artworks and monuments that memorialised Prince Albert.

    Mourning portraits

    Whilst in mourning, Victoria commissioned photographic portraits to memorialise Albert and disseminate her image during her absence from public life

    Glass plate negative of the wooden shrine to Prince Albert (1819-61) inside the Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore. The doors of the construction are open so that the prince's sarcophagus and effigy are visible. The base of the tomb is covered with wreaths.
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    Memorial sculpture and architecture

    Victoria commissioned many photographs that documented memorial works to Albert following his death