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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

'Queen Victoria with four eldest children' c.1852-57

RCIN 2084422

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Glass plate negative of a painting of Queen Victoria with her four eldest children: Victoria, the Princess Royal, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, Princess Alice and Prince Alfred. The group stand, facing towards the right. Queen Victoria holds an infant Prince Alfred.

The painting was completed in 1845 and is still held in the Royal Collection, RCIN 405293. The Queen asked Winterhalter to copy and arrange to her own design ‘my portrait with the 4 children’ from the central group in his painting of The Reception of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Windsor Castle, 8 October 1844 (RCIN 401378). She was pleased with the painting and noted in her Journal that it ‘looks quite lovely’.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative exist in the Collection, RCINs 2106392 and 2917869.

  • Creator(s)

    After Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) (artist)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
    Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)
    Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)
    Empress Friedrich, German Empress and Queen of Prussia (1840-1901)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings