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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

Unknown Person

Sketch for jewellery given to Princess Alice c. 1861

30.5 x 25.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2079388

Glass plate negative of sketches for jewellery. The upper sketch is possibly linked to the Hesse Strawberry Leaf tiara, designed by Prince Albert for Princess Alice in 1861, probably as a gift for her wedding the following year. Prince Albert didn't live to see either the tiara completed or his second's daughter's wedding, but the princess was subsequently photographed on many occasions wearing her father's gift, see RCINs 2914311 and 2941339.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative do not seem to exist in the Collection.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Unknown Person (artist)

    Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse & by Rhine (1843-78)
  • 30.5 x 25.5 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Jewellery
          • Tiaras