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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

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From the mid-1850s onwards, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert systematically used photography to record every aspect of their lives together. This included documenting various royal residences in Windsor, London, Scotland and the Isle of Wight. The resulting negatives form a unique architectural record and demonstrate the queen and the prince’s taste in interior styles of decoration. The interior views also depict the works of art the royal couple surrounded themselves with and the ways these were arranged in the private and state apartments of royal residences. Slightly more personal in nature is a group of negatives depicting tables in Windsor Castle and Osborne House adorned with family gifts for various birthdays and other celebrations.

Alongside the main palaces and castles, photographers were often commissioned to document the surrounding grounds, including various cottages, pavilions and other buildings, such as the Royal Dairy and the Royal Mews in Windsor.

Photographs printed from these negatives appear both in albums organised by residence and albums of varied subjects.  

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Balmoral Castle, South Front

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Balmoral Castle, West Side

Attributed to Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

West Side, Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Front View, Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle from the approach

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Old Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

The grounds at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

View from the Moss House on Craig Gowan looking towards Abergeldie

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Unidentified view, Aberdeenshire

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle from the south

Attributed to George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Old Balmoral Castle

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The New Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Balmoral showing the new and old houses

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The new Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The new Balmoral Castle, Deeside

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

The River Dee

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Scottish landscape near Balmoral Castle

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Scottish landscape near Balmoral Castle

Attributed to Wilson & Hay (active 1853-55)

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle from the northwest

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Front View, Balmoral Castle

Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

Balmoral Castle

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

The Slopes, Windsor Castle

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

The Slopes, Windsor Castle

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

View of the Grounds at Windsor

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

View of the Grounds at Windsor

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

View of the Grounds at Windsor

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

View of the Grounds at Windsor

Unknown Person

Cottage with porch

Attributed to? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

Prince Consort's Dressing Room, Windsor Castle

Attributed to? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

Prince Consort's Dressing Room, Windsor Castle

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Albert Room, Windsor Castle

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Albert Room, Windsor Castle

? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Queen's Sitting Room. Windsor Castle

? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Queen's Sitting Room, Windsor Castle

Attributed to? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Red (King's) Room, Windsor Castle

Unknown Person

Cottage with porch

Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Royal Mews at Windsor

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

1855 Room, Belgian Floor, Buckingham Palace

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Bow Room, Buckingham Palace

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The 1855 Room, Buckingham Palace

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

1855 Room, Belgian Floor, Buckingham Palace

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

Bow Room, Buckingham Palace

Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Bow Room, Buckingham Palace

Unknown Person

Frogmore garden

Unknown Person

Frogmore garden

Attributed to Roger Fenton (1819-69)

View at Frogmore

Attributed to Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Osborne: Terrace and Pavilion

Attributed to Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Osborne: Terrace and Pavilion

Attributed to Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Pavillion Cottage at Osborne from the North

Attributed to Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)

Swiss Cottage, Osborne

Richard Poate (1811-78)

The Victoria and Albert

Unknown Person

Clarence House

Unknown Person

Clarence House

Unknown Person

Christmas table

Unknown Person

Table with gifts

Attributed to? Hills & Saunders (1852 to date)

The Dining Room at Christmas, Windsor Castle