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Albert and Victoria’s collection shows photographers’ working methods

After Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73)

'Victoria, Princess Royal, with Eos' c.1850-80

RCIN 2084685

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Glass plate negative of a painting of Victoria, Princess Royal, later German Empress Frederick III (1840-1901) portrayed at the age of eight months by Sir Edwin Landseer. The princess lies on a cushion in an upholstered giltwood bergère, looking to her bonnet beside her. Her bare toes rest on the muzzle of Eos, Prince Albert’s favourite pet. The greyhound was apparently very docile with children, Queen Victoria remarking on one occasion that ‘it was quite pretty to see her [Pussy] playing with “Eos”, who is so gentle & the child so delighted with her, patting her with both her hands’ (Journal, 21 June, 1841).

The painting was completed in 1841 and was given to Prince Albert by the queen on his birthday, 26th August 1841. The work is still held in the Royal Collection, RCIN 401548.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed.

  • Creator(s)

    After Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) (artist)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    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
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs
            • Hunting & sporting dogs
              • Hounds
                • Greyhounds
            • Eos (dog)
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Seating. Chairs
            • Chairs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
            • Pigeons & doves
              • Collared doves