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Glass plate negatives

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

    Records of Important Events

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert collected photographs relating to major political and military events that involved Britain during their shared lifetime. These works were usually not direct commissions by either the queen or the prince, and consequently the correspondent glass plate negatives were not acquired by them. The most notable exception is a series of portraits of wounded veterans commissioned shortly after the end of the Crimean War. Closer to home, the royal couple used photography to document some important family occasions with a broader political or diplomatic interest.

    10" x 8" glass plate negative showing three soldiers from the Coldstream Guards who served in the Crimean War. From right to left are Joseph Numa, John Potter and James Deal. Potter is standing behind a wooden table wear
    Crimea War veterans

    Victoria and Albert’s negatives of Crimean War veterans

    Glass plate negative of Napoleon III (1808-73) and Eugénie de Montijo, then Empress Consort of the French (1826-1920) boarding a boat off a jetty. There are three boats around the jetty. Men on the boats hold up their oars. Photograph taken at Osbo
    Important occasions

    Victoria and Albert used photography to document important occasions