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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

William Bambridge (1810-79)

Mrs Edward Cowley and her children, Victoria and Arthur 1857

RCIN 2083756

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Glass plate negative of a full-length group portrait of Mrs Edward Cowley with her arms around her two children Victoria and Arthur. Mrs Cowley is seated on a chaise longue with her son, Arthur. Victoria stands beside her mother. The two siblings look straight at the camera, while their mother gazes downwards.

Mrs Edward Cowley was probably the wife of Edward Cowley (1817-93), a Jäger (huntsman) employed by the Royal Household.

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 is represented by RCIN 2906676.
  • Creator(s)

    William Bambridge (1810-79) (photographer)

    Mrs Edward Cowley
    Arthur Cowley (active 1857-1930)
    Victoria Cowley
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives