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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

After Joseph Cundall (1819-95)

Prince Alfred, later Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1844-1900) c. 1856

RCIN 2083561

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Glass plate negative showing a photograph of Prince Alfred placed under a sheet with two round apertures. The prince's head can be seen though the lower aperture, indicating the photographer's intention to isolate that area for future usage. 

The prince faces three-quarters to the right and gazes ahead, away from the camera. He wears a jacket, checked waistcoat, a shirt and tie. 

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints of the original portrait taken in 1856 exist in the Collection (e.g. RCIN 2900080). For a hand-coloured version, see RCIN 2914273. 

  • Creator(s)

    After Joseph Cundall (1819-95) (photographer)

    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 

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