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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Portraiture

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert commissioned a range of photographic portraits of their family, friends and royal household staff. Most of them were taken within the royal residences such as Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle and Osborne House. The royal couple also commissioned portraits of notable individuals they knew or admired, including members of European royal families and actors. The negatives of these portraits were acquired by the royal couple collaboratively and stand as testament to their shared interest in documenting and representing the people that mattered to them.

Family portraits

Albert and Victoria employed photographers to document important family occasions and daily life

Royal Household portraits

The negatives of the Royal Household reveal the royal family’s high regard for their staff

Portraits

A selection of negatives depicting people the royal family knew or admired