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Glass plate negatives

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


Miss Sophie Weiss

c. 1859

RCIN 2082719

Glass plate negative featuring two full-length portraits of Miss Sophie Weiss, Dresser to Queen Victoria from January 1852. The young woman is seated, facing the camera, her hands clasped in her lap. She is shown against a wall in the grounds of Osborne House.

The negative image on the left has been scratched out, an act perhaps indicative of a displeasing pose.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A print from the right image exists in the Collection, RCIN 2910154.
  • Creator(s)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900) (photographer)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900) (royal creator)

  • 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